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Letters to Joan Gridley from Algiers, 1943-08-17 - 1943-09-30

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GRID 1

Scope and Contents

Letters from Gridley to his wife during his temporary posting as Acting Chief of the Coal Division of the North African Economic Board, on subjects including: Gridley's departure for Algeria and his wish to return home quickly; the journey out and initial impressions of his working environment; his pride in his sons; his view of the challenges ahead and limited possibilities in his temporary posting; domestic conditions; an air-raid; the effect of Winston Churchill's broadcast from Quebec [Canada] and his prestige abroad; local attitudes to the war, particularly among French refugees; family affairs; news of Italy's surrender; difficulties in dealing with the Americans; a trip to Morocco; conflicting job offers from NAEB and the War Office and his own preference for a military post; pressure from NAEB to take up their offer; his return home and the difficulties of his decision.


  • Creation: 1943-08-17 - 1943-09-30


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Finding aid date

2007-09-14 11:22:06+00:00


Repository Details

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