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Free French leaders Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud at Casablanca Conference, Morocco, 24 Jan 1943; Roosevelt and Churchill in background

Caption     Free French leaders Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud at Casablanca Conference, Morocco, 24 Jan 1943; Roosevelt and Churchill in background ww2dbase
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Henri Giraud   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day 24 Jan 1943
Photos at Same Place Casablanca, French Morocco
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
31 Dec 2008 06:20:43 PM

This is a famous and pivotal photo. Giraud and de Gaulle did not like each other. They were both insecure egomaniacs vying for position as the undisputed French leader. Roosevelt insisted on this photo and de Gaulle resented it for the rest of his life. He saw being told to shake hands like a couple of quarreling school-kids as a personal insult. As a result of this handshake, this was the last time de Gaulle submitted to any request of any kind from any American president.
2. Anonymous says:
12 Dec 2010 07:45:50 PM

While "insecure egomaniac" would certainly apply to Charles de Gaulle it in no way could be applied to Henri Giraud. Giraud had more courage and soldiers heart in his little finger than de Gaulle had in his entire 6 foot 5 inch frame.
3. richard madigan says:
25 Mar 2013 11:14:36 AM

Giraud was pretty tall too! Captured twice by the Germans and escaped twice. Pretty cool.

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WW2-Era Place Name Casablanca, French Morocco
Lat/Long 33.5888, -7.6632
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