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DE LATTRE DE TASSIGNY JEAN: (1889-1952) French Army General of World War II,

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‘Your escape further affirms our confidence in the destinies of France, since it gave birth to sons like you’ DE LATTRE DE TASSIGNY JEAN: (1889-1952) French Army General of World War II, posthumously made a Marshal of France. A good World War II date A.L.S., J. de Lattre, four pages, 8vo, Montpellier, 4th June 1942, to Henri Giraud ('Mon General'), in French. De Lattre de Tassigny congratulates his correspondent on their escape, in full, 'Depuis votre magnifique evasion je voulais vous ecrire pour vous dire toute ma joie, toute notre fierte aussi. De suite, j'avais charge Jeanne et Andre de vous exprimer ce que nous ressentions et il y a une semaine, a Lyon, ma femme a du vous le dire malgre son extreme emotion. Elle m'a dit que vous etiez au courant des paroles que j'ai prononcees a Vichy dans les circonstances que vous savez; j'en suis heureux et ne puis que vous repeter combien nous sommes fiers de vous. Nous savons maintenant que vous etes bien definitivement revenu a nous. Plus qu'avant encore, vous personnifiez une des "fiertes francaises" et vous honorez grandement notre corporation de generaux. Sur le plan amical et familial, nous sommes si heureux du bonheur de Madame Giraud, de celui de vos enfants, de notre cher petit Caporal Tambour  revu a Aix il y a peu de temps. Votre evasion affirme encore notre confiance dans les destinees de la France, puisqu'elle a donne le jour a des fils tels que vous. A bientot, j'espere, mon General. Ma femme et Bernard se joignent a moi pour vous adresser nos felicitations et nos voeux les plus affectueux' (Translation: 'Since your magnificent escape I wanted to write to you to tell you all my joy, all our pride too. Immediately, I asked Jeanne and Andre to tell you what we felt and a week ago, in Lyon, my wife had to tell you despite her extreme emotion. She told me that you were aware of the words I spoke at Vichy in the circumstances that you know; I am happy about it and can only tell you how proud we are of you. We now know that you have definitely come back to us. More than ever before, you personify one of the “French prides” and you greatly honour our corporation of generals. On the friendly and family level, we are so happy with the happiness of Madame Giraud, that of your children, of our dear little Corporal Tambour, seen in Aix a short time ago. Your escape further affirms our confidence in the destinies of France, since it gave birth to sons like you. See you soon, I hope, General. My wife and Bernard join me in sending you our congratulations and our most affectionate wishes'). In a postscript, signed with his initials JL, the General further writes 'Pour repondre a votre point d'interrogation au sujet de mon depart de la Regence et de mes relations avec l'Amiral Esteve je ne crois mieux faire que de vous envoyer la copie de la lettre d'adieux qui m'a ete remise la veille de mon depart et que son auteur a tenu a rendre publique en la faisant paraitre dans la presse locale. Encore bien respectueusement et affectueusement a vous' (Translation: 'To answer your question mark about my departure from the Regency and my relations with Admiral Esteve, I do not think I could do better than send you the copy of the farewell letter which was given to me the day before of my departure and which its author made a point of making public by publishing it in the local press. Again very respectfully and affectionately to you'). A letter of good content and association. About EX Henri Giraud (1879-1949) French General and a leader of the Free French Forces during World War II. In May 1940 whilst at the front with a reconnaissance patrol in the Netherlands Giraud was captured by German troops and a court martial tried him for ordering the execution of two German saboteurs wearing civilian clothes but he was acquitted and taken to the high security Prisoner of War prison at Konigstein Castle near Dresden. Giraud planned his escape carefully over two years and on 17th April 1942 he lowered himself down the cliff of the mountain fortress and began a remarkable journey to Vichy France.
‘Your escape further affirms our confidence in the destinies of France, since it gave birth to sons like you’ DE LATTRE DE TASSIGNY JEAN: (1889-1952) French Army General of World War II, posthumously made a Marshal of France. A good World War II date A.L.S., J. de Lattre, four pages, 8vo, Montpellier, 4th June 1942, to Henri Giraud ('Mon General'), in French. De Lattre de Tassigny congratulates his correspondent on their escape, in full, 'Depuis votre magnifique evasion je voulais vous ecrire pour vous dire toute ma joie, toute notre fierte aussi. De suite, j'avais charge Jeanne et Andre de vous exprimer ce que nous ressentions et il y a une semaine, a Lyon, ma femme a du vous le dire malgre son extreme emotion. Elle m'a dit que vous etiez au courant des paroles que j'ai prononcees a Vichy dans les circonstances que vous savez; j'en suis heureux et ne puis que vous repeter combien nous sommes fiers de vous. Nous savons maintenant que vous etes bien definitivement revenu a nous. Plus qu'avant encore, vous personnifiez une des "fiertes francaises" et vous honorez grandement notre corporation de generaux. Sur le plan amical et familial, nous sommes si heureux du bonheur de Madame Giraud, de celui de vos enfants, de notre cher petit Caporal Tambour  revu a Aix il y a peu de temps. Votre evasion affirme encore notre confiance dans les destinees de la France, puisqu'elle a donne le jour a des fils tels que vous. A bientot, j'espere, mon General. Ma femme et Bernard se joignent a moi pour vous adresser nos felicitations et nos voeux les plus affectueux' (Translation: 'Since your magnificent escape I wanted to write to you to tell you all my joy, all our pride too. Immediately, I asked Jeanne and Andre to tell you what we felt and a week ago, in Lyon, my wife had to tell you despite her extreme emotion. She told me that you were aware of the words I spoke at Vichy in the circumstances that you know; I am happy about it and can only tell you how proud we are of you. We now know that you have definitely come back to us. More than ever before, you personify one of the “French prides” and you greatly honour our corporation of generals. On the friendly and family level, we are so happy with the happiness of Madame Giraud, that of your children, of our dear little Corporal Tambour, seen in Aix a short time ago. Your escape further affirms our confidence in the destinies of France, since it gave birth to sons like you. See you soon, I hope, General. My wife and Bernard join me in sending you our congratulations and our most affectionate wishes'). In a postscript, signed with his initials JL, the General further writes 'Pour repondre a votre point d'interrogation au sujet de mon depart de la Regence et de mes relations avec l'Amiral Esteve je ne crois mieux faire que de vous envoyer la copie de la lettre d'adieux qui m'a ete remise la veille de mon depart et que son auteur a tenu a rendre publique en la faisant paraitre dans la presse locale. Encore bien respectueusement et affectueusement a vous' (Translation: 'To answer your question mark about my departure from the Regency and my relations with Admiral Esteve, I do not think I could do better than send you the copy of the farewell letter which was given to me the day before of my departure and which its author made a point of making public by publishing it in the local press. Again very respectfully and affectionately to you'). A letter of good content and association. About EX Henri Giraud (1879-1949) French General and a leader of the Free French Forces during World War II. In May 1940 whilst at the front with a reconnaissance patrol in the Netherlands Giraud was captured by German troops and a court martial tried him for ordering the execution of two German saboteurs wearing civilian clothes but he was acquitted and taken to the high security Prisoner of War prison at Konigstein Castle near Dresden. Giraud planned his escape carefully over two years and on 17th April 1942 he lowered himself down the cliff of the mountain fortress and began a remarkable journey to Vichy France.

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Estepona
Malaga
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