War: Soldier's Son

Bernard de Lattre de Tassigny was the fighting son of a fighting father. He was 12 when the Nazis conquered France. At 16, he made his way out across the Pyrenees and through Spain to North Africa, where his father, General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, was already organizing what later became the French First Army. Young Bernard enlisted in the Free French army in 1944, landed with the Allies in the south of France, went on with the French army into Germany, won a Medaille Militaire and a Croix de Guerre with palm. Last week, in Indo-China, Lieut. Bernard de...

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