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Paul Legentilhomme
Born (1884-03-26)March 26, 1884
Died May 23, 1975(1975-05-23) (aged 91)
Place of birth Valognes, France
Place of death Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Allegiance Flag of France.svg France
Flag of Free France (1940-1944).svg Free French Forces
Years of service 1907–1950
Rank French Army General
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Grand Cross of the Légion of Honor
Compagnon de la Libération
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre 1914–1918
Croix de Guerre 1939–1945
Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Legion of Merit
Other work French Minister Advisor

Paul Legentilhomme (Paul Louis Le Gentilhomme) (1884–1975) was an officer in the French Army during World War I and World War II. After the fall of France in 1940, he joined the forces of the Free French. Legentilhomme was a recipient of the "Order of the Liberation" (Compagnon de la Libération).

Early lifeEdit

Legentilhomme was born on March 26, 1884 in Valognes, Manche.


World War I

  • 1914 : His unit took part in the battle of Neufchâteau in Belgium, on August 22, and was captured by the Germans.
  • 1914 to1918 : In German captivity.
  • 1918 : Promoted to Captain

Interwar period

  • 1924 : Promoted to Major
  • 1926 to 1928 : Chief of Staff Madagascar
  • 1929 : Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
  • 1929 to 1931 : Chief of Staff 3rd Colonial Division
  • 1934 : Promoted to Colonel
  • 1937 to 1938 : Commanding Officer 4th Senegalese Tirailleurs Regiment
  • 1938 : Promoted to Brigadier-General

World War II

  • 1939
  • 1940
  • June 18 : In Djibouti, the capital of French Somaliland, Legentilhomme condemned the French armistice and declared his intention to continue the war with the British Empire. He declared this in his "General Order Number 4".
  • August 2  : Left French Somaliland (Vichy French until 1942) and went to the United Kingdom.
  • October 31 : Legentilhomme stripped of his French citizenship by the Vichy government.
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • Member of the Council of Défense of the Empire,
  • Nominated Lieutenant General
  • Nominated Commissaire to the French Committee for National Liberation
  • 1944 to 1945
  • general Officer Commanding 3rd Military Region
  • Military Governor of Paris


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