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DiedApril 18, 1958, Paris, France

Maurice Gamelin was a French general who served as the Commander-in-Chief of the French Army at the start of World War II. A veteran of World War I, Gamelin acquired a reputation as a competent and intelligent officer. He was considered to be one of the most capable Allied commanders of his generation.

Born in Paris on 17 December 1872, Gamelin was the son of a doctor. His father died when he was just four years old and he was raised by his mother. He received his education at the prestigious Lycee Janson de Sailly before attending the Ecole Polytechnique.

Gamelin’s military career began in 1893 when he joined the French Army. He served in a number of different roles over the next few years and saw action in the First World War, where he was wounded on three occasions.

After the war, Gamelin rose through the ranks of the French Army, eventually becoming the Commander-in-Chief in 1936. He was in this role at the start of World War II, during which time he oversaw the French military’s defeat at the Battle of France.

Gamelin was replaced as Commander-in-Chief in 1940 and retired from the military soon afterwards. He died in 1958, aged 85.

General Info

Full NameMaurice Gamelin
DiedApril 18, 1958, Paris, France
EducationÉcole spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr


AwardsLegion of Honour, Virtuti Militari

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World War II in Colour2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Apocalypse - La 2ème guerre mondiale2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Nazis: Blitzkrieg1989Video documentaryHimself
The World at War1973TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
La bataille de France1964DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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