A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 1, 1966

IT was almost exactly a quarter of a century ago 1 (Aug. 4, 1941) that Charles de Gaulle made his first appearance on TIME'S cover. Then he was just emerging as a world figure—in wartime London, rallying his countrymen in and outside occupied France to his Free French cause. "In the field," said the closing paragraph of that first De Gaulle cover story, he has "only 40,000 men, but in France he is building a greater army . , . If Vichy and Hitler begin to crumble, the Free French in France will have...

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