French Freedom Papers

Jacques-Philippe Leclerc

General Jacques-Phillippe Leclerc (1902-1947), a French general during WWII commonly known for his contribution to the Liberation of Paris. Leclerc, as one of the Frenchmen who heard General de Gaulle’s call, joined the French army. Upon a promotion to Colonel, Leclerc quickly worked for French victories in the French Equatorial Africa, including the capture of Kufra, which had been a symbol of Italian power in Africa since 1911.

Most notably in Africa, after another promotion to Brigadier General, Leclerc famously marched his troops from “Chad to Tripoli, Libya to join forces with the British 8th Army (Encyclopedia Britannica)”. During the trek, his command captured a sizable number of Italian command posts. His involvement in the region of Fezzan and North Africa earned him another promotion of Brigade General in 1943. 

His involvement with the American army generals as “Commander of Free French 2nd Armoured Divison (Encryclopedia Britannica)” during D-Day lead to his famous involvement with the Liberation of Paris. After freeing Strausbourg and leading his army into Germany, he was again promoted.

In 1946, General Leclerc resigned his position after a controversial visit to Indochina. Soon after, he was named the “Inspector General of French Forces in North Africa. (Encyclopedia Britannica)” In 1947, he was killed in a plane crash. 

Letters Mentioning Jacques-Philippe Leclerc:

De Gaulle to Brooke: 5/4/1942

De Gaulle to Brooke: 11/15/1942


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