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Memorial

de Gaulle de Gaulle & Palmerston

Plaque: de Gaulle

Inscription

{Inside a box bordered with red, white and blue:}
À tous les français
La France a perdu une bataille!
Mais la France n'a pas perdu la guerre!
Des gouvernants de rencontre ont pu capituler, cédant à la panique, oubliant l'honneur, livrant le pays à la servitude. Cependant, rien n'est perdu!
Rien n'est perdu, parce que cette guerre est une guerre mondiale. Dans l'univers libre, des forces immenses n'ont pas encore donné. Un jour, ces forces écraseront l'ennemi. Il faut que la France, ce jour la, soit présente à la victoire. Alors, elle retrouvera sa liberté et sa grandeur. Tel est mon but, mon seul but!
Voilà pourquoi je convie, tous les français où qu'ils se trouvent, à s'unir à moi dans l'action, dans le sacrifice et dans l'espérance.
Notre patrie est en péril de mort.
Luttons tous pour la sauver!
Vive la France!
Général de Gaulle, quartier général, 4 Carlton Gardens, London SW1.
18 juin 1940

{Below the box:}
Ici, le Général de Gaulle établit son quartier général. Les français libres, ses compagnons refusant avec lui d'accepter la défaite, y ont poursuivi la lutte jusqu'à la victoire.

{This translates as:
To all Frenchmen.
France has lost a battle! But France has not lost the war. Some of those in power were able to capitulate, yielding to panic, forgetting honour, delivering the country into servitude. However, nothing is lost! Nothing is lost because this war is a world war. In the free world, huge forces have not yet been deployed. One day, these forces will wipe out the enemy. On that day, France must be present at the victory. Thus she will rediscover her liberty and her greatness. Such is my goal, my only goal! That is why I invite all Frenchmen wherever they may be to unite with me in action, in sacrifice and in hope. Our country is in mortal danger. Let us all fight to save her! Long live France!

General de Gaulle, headquarters, 4 Carlton Gardens, London SW1
18 June 1940

Below the box:
Here General de Gaulle established his headquarters. From here the Free French, his companions, refusing with him to accept defeat, pursued the fight through to victory.}

In 1940, after briefly being in Mayfair and Victoria, de Gaulle moved here with his French National Committee. On 18 June that year he made a radio broadcast appealing for resistance. This broadcast became famous and is quoted on the plaque. The symbol at the top is the Cross of Lorraine, which recalls Joan of Arc.

See Musee de la Resistance for more information on this memorial (in French).

Site: de Gaulle & Palmerston (3 memorials)

SW1, Carlton Gardens, 4

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
de Gaulle

Information Subjects commemorated

46167

World War 2

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46602

Free French Forces

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46566

Charles de Gaulle

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
de Gaulle

Information Also at this site

44783

Charles de Gaulle and the Free French

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44781

Lord Palmerston - Carlton Gardens

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