Pétain joined the French Army in 1876 and attended the St Cyr Military Academy in 1887 and the École Supérieure de Guerre (army war college) in Paris. Duration 00:02:34 [28] Calls were made to re-locate his remains to the grave prepared for him at Verdun. He was also waiting for the new Renault FT tanks to be introduced in large numbers, hence his statement at the time: "I am waiting for the tanks and the Americans.". He nevertheless tried and failed to get himself elected President following the November 1919 elections. Pétain remained in command for the rest of the war and emerged as a national hero. De Gaulle himself later criticised the trial, stating, Too often, the discussions took on the appearance of a partisan trial, sometimes even a settling of accounts, when the whole affair should have been treated only from the standpoint of national defence and independence.[61]. Various library shots Petain in the gardens and fields of his home "L'Ermitage" at Villaneuve-Loubert, 1935. Le complot Laval-Petain Colonel de Villelume subsequently stated before a parliamentary commission of inquiry in 1951 that Reynaud, as Premier of France, said to Pétain on that day that they must seek an armistice. Von Renthe-Fink renewed his request twice on the 18th, then returned on the 19th, at 11:30, accompanied by General von Neubroon, who told him that he had "formal orders from Berlin". The next day, they went to Lebrun himself. The provisional government, headed by de Gaulle, placed Pétain on trial for treason, which took place from 23 July to 15 August 1945. He added that the new France would be "a social hierarchy... rejecting the false idea of the natural equality of men. Pétain, of course, disapproved of the whole thing, pointing out that North Africa still had to be defended and in itself required a substantial standing army. [40] Pétain was sent to speak to Weygand (who was waiting outside, as he was not a member of the cabinet) for around fifteen minutes. [42], Lebrun reluctantly accepted Reynaud’s resignation as Prime Minister on 16 June, and felt he had little choice but to appoint Pétain in his place. The republican motto of "Liberté, égalité, fraternité" ("Freedom, equality, brotherhood") was replaced with "Travail, famille, patrie" ("Work, family, fatherland"). At the very end of 1916, Nivelle was promoted over Pétain to replace Joseph Joffre as French Commander-in-Chief. His views were later proved to be correct during the First World War. However, after Germany invaded France, Pétain joined the new government of Paul Reynaud on 18 May 1940 as Deputy Prime Minister. [40], That afternoon the British Government offered joint nationality for Frenchmen and Britons in a Franco-British Union. De Gaulle later conceded that Pétain was right about that much at least.[38]. When Renthe-Fink entered the Marshal's office at the Hôtel du Parc with General von Neubronn "at 7:30 p.m.", the Head of State was supervising the packing up of his suitcases and papers. In October, Foreign Minister Louis Barthouwas assassinated; Laval succeeded him, holding that office until 1936. On 26 October 1931, Pétain was honored with a ticker-tape parade down Manhattan's Canyon of Heroes. It is argued[who?] Pétain's government was nevertheless internationally recognised, notably by the USA, at least until the German occupation of the rest of France. Rather than resigning, he maintained in a letter to the French the fiction that "I am, and remain morally, your leader". On 29 June, the French Government moved to Clermont-Ferrand where the first discussions of constitutional changes were mooted, with Pierre Laval having personal discussions with President Lebrun, who had, in the event, not departed France. His important success that year was in getting Daladier's previous proposal to reduce the number of officers repealed. The French heavy machine gun was still the Hotchkiss M1914, a capable weapon but decidedly obsolete compared to the new automatic weapons of German infantry. Édouard Daladier's new government retaliated against Weygand by reducing the number of officers and cutting military pensions and pay, arguing that such measures, apart from financial stringency, were in the spirit of the Geneva Disarmament Conference.[25]. His decision to organise truck transport over the "Voie Sacrée" to bring a continuous stream of artillery, ammunition and fresh troops into besieged Verdun also played a key role in grinding down the German onslaught to a final halt in July 1916. French aviation entered the War in 1939 without even the prototype of a bomber aeroplane capable of reaching Berlin and coming back. He died in 1951. [13][14] Pétain was encouraged by friends to go into politics, although he protested that he had little interest in running for an elected position. The result of all these failings is that the French Army had to face the invading enemy in 1940, with the dated weaponry of 1918. However, on his birthday almost three weeks later, he was taken to the Swiss border. Laval and Pétain agreed to maintain a firm refusal. Best regards, JR. They involved, to various degrees, nearly half of the French infantry divisions stationed on the Western Front. [29] Although Le Petit Journal was conservative, Pétain's high reputation was bipartisan; socialist Léon Blum called him "the most human of our military commanders". At this moment an article appeared in the popular Le Petit Journal newspaper, calling for Pétain as a candidate for a dictatorship. The regime organised a "Légion Française des Combattants," which included "Friends of the Legion" and "Cadets of the Legion", groups of those who had never fought but were politically attached to the new regime. Library shots Petain taking oath of Prefect at Vichy, after the German occupation of 1942. Neither Pétain nor his successive deputies, Laval, Pierre-Étienne Flandin, or Admiral François Darlan, gave significant resistance to requests by the Germans to indirectly aid the Axis Powers. Not once did he offer a sympathetic word for Germany." His father, Omer-Venant, was a farmer. On 10 June, the government left Paris for Tours. (an echoing of Joan of Arc, roughly: "We'll get them! Women were said to find his piercing blue eyes especially attractive. [67], Pétain died in a private home in Port-Joinville on the Île d'Yeu on 23 July 1951, at the age of 95. Henri-Philippe Pétain (1856-1951) was a World War I French general who was later imprisoned for treason. A Certain idea of France The life of Charles de Gaulle, Julian Jackson, p. 58. He then became Commander-in-Chief of the entire French army, replacing General Nivelle, whose Chemin des Dames offensive failed in April 1917, thereby provoking widespread mutinies in the French Army. Please change the tittle with the bad name [9], Pétain conducted some successful but limited offensives in the latter part of 1917, unlike the British who stalled in an unsuccessful offensive at Passchendaele that autumn. VICHY , France , July 12 . But he recognised, after the new Army Organisation Law of 1927, that the tide was flowing against him. During this time and the Normandy landings in 1944, Laval was in a struggle against ultra-collaborationist ministers. Paris remained the de jure capital. On 17 August 1944, the Germans, in the person of Cecil von Renthe-Fink, "special diplomatic delegate of the Führer to the French Head of State", asked Pétain to allow himself to be transferred to the northern zone. Pétain also adopted an increasingly autocratic - indeed monarchical - style as ruler of the "État Francaise", and tended to resent interference from the activities of underlings such as prime ministers. "[55], On 11 November 1942, German forces invaded the unoccupied zone of Southern France in response to the Allies' Operation Torch landings in North Africa and Admiral François Darlan's agreement to support the Allies. When the German Army occupied France in 1940 Laval used his media empire to support Henry-Philippe Petain and the Vichy government. Retrospective shots Marshal Petain at age of 96, France. [57] [57] [39], Parliament, both senate and chamber, were also at Bordeaux and immersed themselves in the armistice debate. By the time of the last German offensives, Gneisenau and the Second Battle of the Marne, Pétain was able to defend in depth and launch counter offensives, with the new French tanks and the assistance of the Americans. In effect, he applied the basic principle that was a mainstay of his teachings at the École de Guerre (War College) before World War I: "le feu tue!" He and his government collaborated with Germany in the years after the armistice. The Maginot Line, as it came to be called, (named after André Maginot the former Minister of War) thereafter occupied a good deal of Pétain's attention during 1928, when he also travelled extensively, visiting military installations up and down the country. Some argue[who?] Pétain then replied that it would mean the destruction of the country. Pétain said he was not departing. He even allegedly named his eldest son after the Marshal, although it is more likely that he named his son after his family ancestor Jean Baptiste Philippe de Gaulle,[22] before finally falling out over the authorship of a book he had said he had ghost-written for Pétain. Although the French government nominally remained in existence, civilian administration of almost all France being under it, Pétain became nothing more than a figurehead, as the Germans had negated the pretence of an "independent" government at Vichy. [41], On Sunday, 16 June, President Roosevelt's reply to President Lebrun's requests for assistance came with only vague promises and saying that it was impossible for the President to do anything without Congressional approval. At the end of Pétain's trial, he was convicted on all charges. "Flawed saviours: the myths of Hindenburg and Pétain". [40] Ten ministers wanted to fight on and seven favoured an armistice (but these included the two Deputy Prime Ministers Pétain and Camille Chautemps, and this view was also favoured by the Commander-in-Chief General Weygand). He and Pétain regarded the military situation as hopeless. [16], Pétain was appointed Inspector-General of the Army in February 1922, and produced, in concert with the new Chief of the General Staff, General Marie-Eugène Debeney, the new army manual entitled Provisional Instruction on the Tactical Employment of Large Units, which soon became known as 'the Bible'. Pétain was invited, on 8 February, to join the new French cabinet as Minister of War, which he only reluctantly accepted after many representations. [23] His first report on air defence, submitted in July that year, advocated increased expenditure. [12] He was summoned to be present at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. Language French. After his conviction, the court stripped Pétain of all military ranks and honours save for the one distinction of Marshal of France. Laval and Petain. Later in the year, Pétain was stripped of his right of direct appeal to the French government and requested to report to Foch, who increasingly assumed the co-ordination and ultimately the command of the Allied offensives. Pétain admitted Darnand into his government as Secretary of the Maintenance of Public Order (Secrétaire d'État au Maintien de l'Ordre). Reynaud and five ministers thought these proposals acceptable. The latter wrote a sarcastic reply, telling Pétain that he should have "thought of this before". Among a vast number of books and articles about Pétain, the most complete and documented biographies are: French general officer and leader of Vichy France. Pierre Laval lost his cabinet posts of vice premier and foreign minister, were expected today to be resumed soon as a result of the reconciliation of Laval and French Chief of State Marshal Philippe Petain. "When Goering returned to Germany he spoke admiringly of Pétain, describing him as a 'man of honour'". (These groups had contacts with some conservative politicians, among whom were Laval and Marshal Philippe Pétain.) [57] His regime soon took on clear authoritarian—and in some cases, fascist—characteristics. At the same time, the draft constitutional proposals were tabled. At the conference Pétain met de Gaulle for the first time in two years. I could not detect any sign in him of broken morale, of that mental wringing of hands and incipient hysteria noticeable in others." [4] By January 1949, his lucid intervals were becoming fewer and fewer. Pétain, however, having been forced to leave France, refused to participate in this government and Fernand de Brinon now headed the "government commission". that while Pétain supported the massive use of tanks he saw them mostly as infantry support, leading to the fragmentation of the French tank force into many types of unequal value spread out between mechanised cavalry (such as the SOMUA S35) and infantry support (mostly the Renault R35 tanks and the Char B1 bis). However, aged 58 and having been told he would never become a general, Pétain had bought a villa for retirement.[7]. By May, Pétain required constant nursing care, and he was often suffering from hallucinations, e.g. [Above: Pierre Laval and Carl Oberg in Paris] [Above: Marshal Petain and Pierre Laval] [Above: Marshal Petain and Pierre Laval] [Above: Adolf Hitler, Laval, Ciano, Goering, and others. On 3 March 1949, a meeting of the Council of Ministers (many of them "self-proclaimed heroes of the Resistance" in the words of biographer Charles Williams) had a fierce argument about a medical report recommending that he be moved to Val-de-Grâce (a military hospital in Paris), a measure to which Prime Minister Henri Queuille had previously been sympathetic. Consideration has been given to removing the sidewalk ribbon denoting the parade for Pétain, given his role with the Nazis in World War II. Pétain's government acquiesced to the Axis forces demands for large supplies of manufactured goods and foodstuffs, and also ordered French troops in France's colonial empire (in Dakar, Syria, Madagascar, Oran and Morocco) to defend sovereign French territory against any aggressors, Allied or otherwise. To this, Churchill subsequently reported, Pétain replied quietly and with dignity that he had in those days a strategic reserve of sixty divisions; now, there were none, and the British ought to be providing divisions to aid France. As colonel, he commanded the 33rd Infantry Regiment at Arras from 1911; the young lieutenant Charles de Gaulle, who served under him, later wrote that his "first colonel, Pétain, taught (him) the Art of Command". [64], Although Pétain had still been in good health for his age at the time of his imprisonment, by late 1947, his memory lapses were worsening and he was beginning to suffer from incontinence, sometimes soiling himself in front of visitors and sometimes no longer recognising his wife. During a cabinet meeting that day, Reynaud argued that before asking for an armistice, France would have to get Britain's permission to be relieved from their accord of March 1940 not to sign a separate cease-fire. His father, Omer-Venant, was a farmer. Tks in advance that Pétain, as France's most senior soldier after Foch's death, should bear some responsibility for the poor state of French weaponry preparation before World War II. [68], His sometime protégé Charles de Gaulle later wrote that Pétain’s life was "successively banal, then glorious, then deplorable, but never mediocre". Making Paris into a ruin would not affect the final event. After coming under increasing pressure from Otto Abetz, the German ambassador, Henri-Philippe Petain agreed on 18th April 1942 to recall Laval as head of the French government. Gilbert and Bernard find multiple causes: The immediate cause was the extreme optimism and subsequent disappointment at the Nivelle offensive in the spring of 1917. After lunch, Churchill’s telegram arrived agreeing to an armistice provided the French fleet was moved to British ports, a suggestion which was not acceptable to Darlan, who argued that it would leave France defenceless. Because of his high prestige as a soldier's soldier, Pétain served briefly as Army Chief of Staff (from the end of April 1917). At this time, Laval was o… [27], In November the Doumergue government fell. Duration 00:00:44 Date Event: 1943 January Production: 1943 January Locale France. Laval now ordered the French police to begin rounding up Jews in France. Pétain, the 89-year-old ... accused of having been in touch with the "Hooded men," to have welcomed such persons as Darnand, and to have accepted Laval as head of the Government. He said that France had lost faith in her destiny. "[53], The new government immediately used its new powers to order harsh measures, including the dismissal of republican civil servants, the installation of exceptional jurisdictions, the proclamation of antisemitic laws, and the imprisonment of opponents and foreign refugees. Thereafter, he alternated between staff and regimental assignments. PARIS - Marshal Henri Pétain, Pierre Laval and Edouard Herriot, former President of the Chamber of Deputies, were arrested by the Gestapo and taken to … This article appeared just five days before Adolf Hitler's announcement of Germany's new air force and a week before the announcement that Germany was increasing its army to 36 divisions. 200,000 readers responded to the paper's poll. The written text is submitted to Pétain: "The Reich Government instructs the transfer of the Head of State, even against his will". Lebrun persuaded him to stay until Churchill’s reply had been received. Nevertheless, "Our Marshal" relied on politicians - principally Laval - to ensure that the Vichy government of political eccentrics and extremists, not to mention bureaucrats with a marked variety of profiles ranging form extreme Right wingers to conservative civil servants anxious only to preserve as much of the power of the Vichy régime as possible. Reynaud hoped that the hero of Verdun might instill a renewed spirit of resistance and patriotism in the French Army. In the spring of 1914, he was given command of a brigade (still with the rank of colonel). – was actually uttered by Robert Nivelle who succeeded him in command of the Second Army at Verdun in May 1916. On 26 April 1936, the general election results showed 5.5 million votes for the Popular Front parties against 4.5 million for the Right on an 84% turnout. On 12 June, after a second session of the conference, the cabinet met and Weygand again called for an armistice. On the naval front, France had purposely overlooked building modern aircraft carriers and focused instead on four new conventional battleships, not unlike the German Navy. Churchill returned to France on the 13th for another conference at Tours. Pétain, amongst others, took exception to the use of the term "revolution" to describe what he believed to be an essentially conservative movement, but otherwise participated in the transformation of French society from "Republic" to "State." [21] Pétain had based his strong support for the Maginot Line on his own experience of the role played by the forts during the Battle of Verdun in 1916. Film Title Ufa Auslandstonwoche 594. One of his advisors commented that he had more power than any French leader since Louis XIV. Verdun 1916, by Malcolm Brown, Tempus Publishing Ltd., Stroud, UK, p. 86. Due to his advanced age, the court asked that the sentence not be carried out. Pétain believed – wrongly – that Gough's Fifth Army had been routed like the Italians at Caporetto. Political unease was sweeping the country, and on 6 February 1934, the Paris police fired on a group of far-right rioters outside the Chamber of Deputies, killing 14 and wounding a further 236. [19], In 1924 the National Assembly was elected on a platform of reducing the length of national service to one year, to which Pétain was almost violently opposed. The jury sentenced him to death by a one-vote majority. But Laval's successors were unacceptable to the Germans and Laval was restored. He was told, in addition, by Maurice Gamelin, that if the plebiscite in the Territory of the Saar Basin went for Germany it would be a serious military error for the French Army to intervene. [36] By 8 June, Paris was threatened, and the government was preparing to depart, although Pétain was opposed to such a move. Highly impressed by the tales told by his uncle, his destiny was from then on determined. In addition, with the restrictions imposed on Germany by the Versailles Treaty there seemed no urgency for vast expenditure until the advent of Hitler. His government voted to transform the discredited French Third Republic into the French State, an authoritarian regime that collaborated with the Axis. [32] Pétain was now in his 80th year. As to French artillery it had, basically, not been modernised since 1918. Between 1878 and 1899, he served in various garrisons with different battalions of the Chasseurs à pied, the elite light infantry of the French Army. He referred to the danger of military and civil disorder and the possibility of a Communist uprising in Paris. He returned with a revised plan and the commission then proposed two fortified regions. The year 1918 saw major German offensives on the Western Front. Chautemps then proposed a fudge proposal, an inquiry about terms. [6], Unlike many French officers, Pétain served mainly in mainland France, never French Indochina or any of the African colonies, although he participated in the Rif campaign in Morocco. 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