FRANCE: Something Went Wrong

General Jean Joseph Marie Gabriel de Lattrede Tassigny was a fighting hero in two wars against Germany. He was tall, dark, gallant with the ladies. To his soldiers he was the model of military men. He was also a patriot.

The young (54) general's name was once connected in the press with the Rightist Cagoulards. He served Vichy as military commander in Tunisia and later at Montpellier, French military district on the Mediterranean. While still considered a "safe" Vichyman, General de Lattre de Tassigny turned and snapped at the hand that lay heavy on France.

When the Germans moved to occupy...

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