Letters to Joan Gridley from Paris, 1944-09-12 - 1944-12-31
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.
Language of Materials
File includes more detailed listing.
Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Gridley, John Crandon, 1904 - 1968 (economic adviser) (Person)