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De Gaulle, Charles
THE CORRECTED TYPESCRIPT OF HIS SPEECH GIVEN AT ORAN IN 1943, CELEBRATING THE FALL OF MUSSOLINI AND THE GERMAN REVERSES IN RUSSIA
WITH EXTENSIVE AUTOGRAPH REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS, including an entire autograph paragraph added at the end, in which de Gaulle describes the struggle of the Russian, American, British and French people, fighting the forces of evil, the recent success of the Russians along the Dnieper, the collapse of Mussolini and of Fascism in Italy, and proclaims that the tide is now turning in favour of the Allies, looks forward to the Liberation of France, the final defeat of Hitler and to France taking a leading role in world reconstruction and in dealing with Vichy and collaborators ("...il est vrai que l'esprit d'abandon d'une fraction de ce qu'il était convenu d’appeler nos élites, et la trahison que quelques misérables d’envergure commisent à la faveur du désastre militaire, ont en partie saboté l’effort national dans la guerre.  Le peuple français qui est juge, et, j’ajoute, seul juge, en la matière, se fera rendre à ce sujet tous les comptes qui lui sont dus...”)

6 leaves, versos blank, folio (c.330 x 205mm.), Oran [Algeria], 12 September 1943, small rust-stain from a paper-clip to the top of the first page


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In May 1943, Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), leader of the Free French Forces, had moved his headquarters from Britain to Algiers, to work with the Resistance there (and finally return to "French soil"). This speech came nine days after the armistice was signed with Italy and four days after Italy's formal withdrawal from the Axis Powers was signed by Marshal Badoglio and General Eisenhower on 8 September 1943. 

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