Churchill, de Gaulle's compagnon
The establishment the Order of the Liberation in November 1940 in Brazzaville was a sovereign act as much as a desire to honour the bravest of the small cohort of the Free French who chose to continue the fight. The closure of the Order when General left office in January 1946, demonstrated his commitment to reserve it for compagnons who took the exceptional path. Its reopening for Winston Churchill, on the symbolic date of 18 June 1958, was accompanied by a quote in the typically Gaullist style: “A great leader will always be revered by history”. It was testimony to the esteem he had for the former Prime Minister.