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Philippe Pétain
Petain
Historical Figure
Nationality: France
Date of Birth: 1856
Date of Death: 1951
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Soldier, Politician
Spouse: Eugénie Hardon
Children: None acknowledged
Military Branch: French Army
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance;
Upsetting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Pétain (24 April 1856 – 23 July 1951) was a French general who holds the distinction of being seen as one of his country's great heroes and one of its villains. For his superior leadership and efforts to modernise the French Army during World War I, Pétain was made Marshal of France in November 1918. However, he did little to modernize the military during the interwar period. After France fell to Germany during World War II, Petain became Chief of State of of the collaborationist government of Vichy France (Chef de l'État Français), a position he held from 1940 to 1944. After the war, he was tried for treason and sentenced to death, but then acting president Charles de Gaulle commuted his sentence to life in exile.

Philippe Pétain in WorldwarEdit

Philippe Pétain was the de jure head of state of Vichy France when the Race invaded Earth in 1942. While Pétain made his resources available to his patron, Germany[1], when the Race first arrived, he temporarily switched his allegiance to the Lizards proper when they gained the upper hand for a time.[2] After the Peace of Cairo in 1944, Germany began to directly administer the whole of France.[3]

Literary commentEdit

Petain's status at the end of the war is never revealed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. See, In the Balance, generally.
  2. Upsetting the Balance, pg. 356.
  3. See, Colonization map.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Albert Lebrun
as President
Chief of the French State
1940-1944
Succeeded by
Charles de Gaulle
as Chairman of the Provisional Government
Preceded by
Paul Reynaud
Prime Minister of France
1940-1942
Succeeded by
Pierre Laval
Political offices
(Worldwar)
Preceded by
Albert Lebrun
as President
Head of State of France
as Chief of State

1940-1944(?)
Succeeded by
Next known is
Jacques Doriot
title unknown

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