The de Gaulle Archive online

From the private man to the political leader, explore the family photographs  and key historic moments of the former President of the French Republic. 

The many ages of Charles de Gaulle. DGL 177563 (aged 21 months) DGL 200481 (aged 7) DGL 161904 (officer in WW1) DGL 230899
The many ages of Charles de Gaulle. DGL 177563 (aged 21 months) DGL 200481 (aged 7) DGL 161904 (officer in WW1) DGL 230899

 

Over 500 photographs and documents from the de Gaulle Archives, ranging from school reports to wartime speeches, maps of the French trenches and family photographs, are now instantly accessible and available for image licensing via the Bridgeman website.
 
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Deriving from the private archives of Amiral Philippe de Gaulle, a senior French naval officer, politician and only son of General Charles de Gaulle, the de Gaulle Archives is a digital library documenting the private and political life of the Former President of the French Republic.
 
Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970) 
 
An emblematic Figure of the twentieth century, the man who conducted the France Libre, refused the Armistice with Nazi Germany in 1940, created the Fifth Republic and resigned from his responsibility of President. This archive contains pictures of his childhood, his time as a Saint-Cyr student, a bridegroom, a prisoner in Lithuania, a captain, an attentive father and a relaxed man in his house in La Boisserie. 
 
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This archive is invaluable for assisting academic research or for illustrating publications and broadcasts regarding the Free French Movement or the life of Charles de Gaulle.

 

 

Anne de Gaulle (1928-48) and her father on the beach at Benodet, Finistere, c.1933 (b/w photo)
Anne de Gaulle (1928-48) and her father on the beach at Benodet, Finistere, c.1933 (b/w photo)

 

 

General Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) making a speech at the BBC in London, 30th October 1941
General Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) making a speech at the BBC in London, 30th October 1941

 

Changing the fate of France in World War II

De Gaulle was the most senior French military officer to reject the June 1940 armistice with Nazi Germany right from the outset. When his superior, Marshal Philippe Pétain, gave a radio address to convince the French people to give in to a German takeover, de Gaulle responded by giving a famous radio address the next day, broadcast by the BBC on 18 June 1940, exhorting the French people to resist Nazi Germany.

 

 Charles de Gaulle welcoming Winston Churchill to Paris, 11th November 1944 (b/w photo)
Charles de Gaulle welcoming Winston Churchill to Paris, 11th November 1944 (b/w photo)

 

 

General de Gaulle at the Arc de Triomphe, 8 May 1945 (b/w photo)
General de Gaulle at the Arc de Triomphe, 8 May 1945 (b/w photo)

 

 

 The de Gaulle family at La Boisserie, 1952 (b/w photo)
The de Gaulle family at La Boisserie, 1952 (b/w photo)

 

 

The first thermo-nuclear explosion at Hao in the Pacific Ocean, aboard the cruiser De Grasse in the presence of General de Gaulle, Pierre Messmer, Pierre Billotte, and Alain Peyrefitte, 11 September 1966
The first thermo-nuclear explosion at Hao in the Pacific Ocean, aboard the cruiser De Grasse in the presence of General de Gaulle, Pierre Messmer, Pierre Billotte, and Alain Peyrefitte, 11 September 1966

 

 

The Funeral of Charles de Gaulle, 12 November 1970 (b/w photo)
The Funeral of Charles de Gaulle, 12 November 1970 (b/w photo)

 


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