AN exhibition showing the links between Charles de Gaulle and Sir Winston Churchill has opened at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris.
The Churchill - De Gaulle exhibition remembers the 70th anniversary celebration of the Libération and the victory over Nazism and the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill.
Then starts a chronological path beginning with their birth, childhood, youth and career choices; their common experience of the Great War, the inter-war political and strategic positions and finally, the meeting between the two men on 9 June 1940.
The various episodes in the war recall their relations, sometimes cordial sometimes stormy, and that both of them recount in their memoirs.
The exhibition continues on to the Cold War and the construction of Europe and ends with the tribute De Gaulle paid to Churchill, who is made a Companion of the Liberation.
To organise this event, the Musée de l’Armée and the Fondation Charles de Gaulle had the backing of a large number of partners, including the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge and the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération.
A few figures about the exhibition
236 objects, 2 tanks, 1 reproduction of the BBC studio
75 items never before displayed in France
25 institutions and lenders, of which 10 are British
The exhibition runs until 26 July 2015 in the Hôtel des Invalides, in the Musée de l’Armée.