April 17, 1942 : General Henri Giraud makes his great escape

Introduction

On this day in 1942, French General Henri Giraud, who was captured in 1940, escapes from a castle prison at Konigstein by lowering himself down the castle wall and jumping on board a moving train, which takes him to the French border.

Hitler, outraged, ordered Giraud’s assassination upon being caught, but the French general was able to make it to North Africa via a British submarine. He joined the French Free Forces under General Charles de Gaulle and eventually helped to rebuild the French army.

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April 17, 1942 : General Henri Giraud makes his great escape

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    April 17, 1942 : General Henri Giraud makes his great escape

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/general-henri-giraud-makes-his-great-escape

  • Access Date

    November 18, 2017

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    A+E Networks