CARLTON GARDENS 1940
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This exquisite panel is an exact replica of the original, originally installed on the Carlton Gardens fence in 1940, now lost to time. You can now find our faithful reproduction proudly on display at the renowned Musée de l’Armée in Paris. Crafted from solid beech and expertly adorned with a special finish that flawlessly mimics the appearance of enamel, it is virtually impossible to distinguish from a genuine enamel sign. Each one is meticulously hand-painted and comes accompanied by a Vinsign certificate, assuring its authenticity. This rare and exceptionally beautiful piece is a testament to the highest quality craftsmanship and historical preservation.
In June 1940, against the backdrop of a defeated France as German troops consolidated their grip on the nation and installed the Vichy government in Paris, General Charles de Gaulle embarked on a courageous mission. His goal was to rekindle the flame of honor and glory, not just for France but for its far-flung empire as well. General de Gaulle found refuge in London, where he arrived on June 17, 1940, and remained until his triumphant return to France on June 14, 1944. During these pivotal four years, his residence at 3/4 Carlton Gardens became the epicenter of the Free French Forces, the organization he led with unwavering determination.
The majority of this period saw De Gaulle diligently devoting his days at the Carlton Gardens headquarters, overseeing the planning and execution of Free French training and operations. To commemorate the incredible accomplishments of General de Gaulle during this turbulent time, a statue of the general now stands proudly in Carlton Gardens. This statue stands as a tribute to his unyielding leadership and resolve, a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come. Facing the building that once served as the heart of Free French Forces operations during World War II, the statue of General Charles de Gaulle is a poignant reminder of the enduring spirit of the French people in their quest for freedom and the restoration of their nation’s honor.