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Charles de Gaulle WW2 letter to FDR "from warlord to warlord" sold for $33,689 at auction
A letter "from warlord to warlord," de Gaulle writes to FDR: "General de Gaulle, he has only one goal, to defeat the enemy wherever he is”


BOSTON, MASS.- A letter written by Charles de Gaulle to FDR old for $33,689 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The handwritten draft of a letter in French by Charles de Gaulle, two pages with writing on both sides, undated circa 1943. Letter to "Monsieur le President," President Franklin D. Roosevelt, about the war situation and their misunderstanding. In part (translated): "Mr. President, it is from warlord to warlord that I address you on this day where the staging triumphed the well-founded human and political realities to give way to the theatralism of which the officer that I am totally stranger. I know from your various writings and remarks, that they were held in public or in private, that your faith indisputably brings you to the side of General Giraud…But this respect displayed, must in no case come, by Interference, sow trouble, and beyond, discord in this formidable war machine that is France Libre. Neither you nor I are fooled by either one's intentions. General de Gaulle, he has only one goal, to defeat the enemy wherever he is and under any uniform whatsoever. With the help of his dear companions, present and future, he will be at your side to lead the fight against the enemies of peace and free peoples, without anyone being able to deprive him of this longing to serve the greatness and honor lost from his country.”

“An incredible letter rich with superb content that shows the tension between the two great military leaders,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

• Charles de Gaulle handwritten Bastille Day speech delivered to the French Troops on July 14, 1941 sold for $22,233.

• Japanese officer's pistol and heirloom sword surrendered at war's end in 1945 sold for $11,541.

• Mary Blair concept painting from Alice in Wonderland sold for $14,700.

• U. S. Grant signed portrait of Grant as the US Army's commander sold for $11,126.

• Field Jacket Belonging to George L. Paxton of the A.V.G. 'Flying Tigers’ sold for $9,896.

The Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on July 20 and concluded on August 8.





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