Gaulle, Charles de
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Gaulle, Charles de

(November 22, 1890, Lille – November 9, 1970, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Département Haute-Marne), French officer and politician. As a young officer, De Gaulle was decorated among other things, for Verdun. He fell prisoner to the Germans, and undertook several spectacular escape attempts. The World War came to have a special meaning for him, especially for his awareness of politics and history, and for his ideological formation. For De Gaulle, the Union sacrée achieved during the war became his lifelong ideal for a successful, domestic political or…

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Waechter, Matthias, “Gaulle, Charles de”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0233>
First published online: 2015



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