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Letters to Joan Gridley from Paris, 1944-09-12 - 1944-12-31

Reference Code: GBR/0014/GRID 4

Scope and Contents

Letters from Gridley on subjects including: accounts of shortages in Paris; Gridley's arrival in France; reforming his team from Algiers and an account of a typical day; the pressure of work, efforts to curtail the black market in fuel and food and the shortages in gas, public transport and food; Winston Churchill's visit to Paris and the Armistice Day parade with Churchill and General Charles de Gaulle; the reception for Churchill at the British Embassy; the suffering of the French under occupation and the increasing grimness of life in Paris; [Alfred] Duff Cooper's accreditation as British Ambassador to France; difficulties in dealing with Jean Monnet; reinforcements to Gridley's team; visiting Naples [Italy]; the harshness of the winter; a SHAEF party interrupted by German bombing and fears of a German push in the Ardennes; meeting Duff Cooper's son, John Julius Cooper [later 2nd Lord Norwich].


  • 1944-09-12 - 1944-12-31

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


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Finding aid date

2007-09-19 11:39:05.903000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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