|Gabriel Brunet de Sairigné|
|Born||9 February 1913|
|Died||1 March 1948|
|Place of birth||Paris, France|
|Place of death||Lagnia Bien Hoa, Vietnam|
|Years of service||1933 – † 1948|
|Commands held||13th Foreign Legion Demi-Brigade|
World War II |
First Indochina War
Commander of the Legion of Honor |
Compagnon de la Libération
Gabriel Brunet de Sairigné (9 February 1913 – 1 March 1948) was a French Army officer of the French Foreign Legion. He was born in Paris, and was killed in the line of duty close to Lagnia Bien Hoa (Viêt Nam).
Education[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
- 1941 : the East African Campaign (in Eritrea and Syria)
- 1942 : the Battle of Bir Hakeim, then the Tunisia Campaign
- 1943 : the Allied invasion of Sicily
- 1944 : the Operation Dragoon.
- 1944 : the campaign of Alsace.
He finished the war with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, commandant in chief of the First French Free Division (in French: "Première division française libre", or "1ère DFL").
His personal notes dealing with his campaigns during World War II (exactly from 1940-02-28 to 1945-06-18) were published after his death.
First Indochina War[edit | edit source]
He was a Colonel during the First Indochina War serving with the French Foreign Legion and became the commanding officer of the 13th Foreign Legion Demi-Brigade between 21 August 1946 and his death in the line of duty on 1 March 1948.
Honour[edit | edit source]
- Commander of the Légion d'honneur
- Compagnon de la Libération (9 September 1942)
- Croix de guerre 1939-1945 (7 citations)
- Croix de guerre des Théatres d'Opérations Extérieures (4 citations)
- Colonial medals with "Tunisia 1942-1943" and "EO" clasps
- Commemorative medal of the 1939-1945 war, with "Norway", "Africa", "France", campaign in Indochina clasps
Books[edit | edit source]
- Les Carnets du Lieutenant-colonel Brunet de Sérigné, by André-Paul Comor, collection Nouvelles Éditions Latines, Paris, 1990.
- L'épopée de la 13e demi-brigade de Légion étrangère, 1940-1945, by André-Paul Comor, collection Nouvelles Éditions Latines, Paris, 1988.
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