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. Mount Pétain, nearby Pétain Creek, and Pétain Falls, forming the Pétain Basin on the Continental Divide in the Canadian Rockies, were named after him in 1919;[71] summits with the names of other French generals are nearby: Foch, Cordonnier, Mangin, Castelnau and Joffre. Please change the tittle with the bad name Paris remained the de jure capital. 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. [67], Pétain died in a private home in Port-Joinville on the Île d'Yeu on 23 July 1951, at the age of 95. However, on his birthday almost three weeks later, he was taken to the Swiss border. 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. Various library shots Petain in the gardens and fields of his home "L'Ermitage" at Villaneuve-Loubert, 1935. In collaboration with Nazi Germany, he then served as the Chief of State of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944. Henri-Philippe Pétain (1856-1951) was a World War I French general who was later imprisoned for treason. [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 same time, the draft constitutional proposals were tabled. On 12 June, after a second session of the conference, the cabinet met and Weygand again called for an armistice. Various shots Petain drives to Notre Dame for Mass with Pierre Laval. Reynaud brought into his War Cabinet as Undersecretary for War the newly promoted Brigadier-General de Gaulle, whose 4th Armoured Division had launched one of the few French counterattacks the previous month. [3] She had no children by Pétain but already had a son from her first marriage, Pierre de Hérain, whom Pétain strongly disliked.[4]. Petain crosses train tracks and shakes Hitler's hand. Faced with the Marshal's continued refusal, the Germans threatened to bring in the Wehrmacht to bomb Vichy. [35] Weygand said that he was in favor of saving the French army and that he "wished to avoid internal troubles and above all anarchy". He, Baudouin, and several members of the government were already set on an armistice. Pétain restored morale by talking to the men, promising no more suicidal attacks, providing rest for exhausted units, home furloughs, and moderate discipline. Laval recovered and by the spring of 1942 he was ready to return to political life. "—in this case meaning French field artillery, which fired over 15 million shells on the Germans during the first five months of the battle. By May, Pétain required constant nursing care, and he was often suffering from hallucinations, e.g. In March 1939, Pétain was appointed French ambassador to the newly recognized Nationalist government of Spain. In March 1904, by then serving in the 104th Infantry, he was appointed adjunct professor of applied infantry tactics at the École Supérieure de Guerre,[5] and following promotion to lieutenant-colonel was promoted to professor on 3 April 1908. His father, Omer-Venant, was a farmer. The year 1918 saw major German offensives 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". 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. [28] Now, however, he refused to continue in Flandin's (short-lived) government as Minister of War and stood down – in spite of a direct appeal from Lebrun himself. Churchill then said the French should defend Paris and reminded Pétain of how he had come to the aid of the British with forty divisions in March 1918, and repeating Clemenceau's words. Paul Baudouin met his plane and immediately spoke to him of the hopelessness of further French resistance. In 1938 Pétain encouraged and assisted the writer André Maurois in gaining election to the Académie française – an election which was highly contested, in part due to Maurois' Jewish origin. The others did not, seeing the offer as insulting and a device to make France subservient to Great Britain, as a kind of extra Dominion. Pétain said he was not departing. When the German Army occupied France in 1940 Laval used his media empire to support Henry-Philippe Petain and the Vichy government. Contrary to President Albert Lebrun's later recollection, no formal vote appears to have been taken at Cabinet on 16 June. 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]. However, aged 58 and having been told he would never become a general, Pétain had bought a villa for retirement.[7]. [34], By 26 May, the Allied lines had been shattered, and British forces had begun evacuating at Dunkirk. [30] Fascistic and revolutionary conservative factions within the new government used the opportunity to launch an ambitious programme known as the "National Revolution", which rejected much of the former Third Republic's secular and liberal traditions in favour of an authoritarian, paternalist, Catholic society. Addressing the Conseil on the 23rd, Pétain claimed that it would be fruitless to look for assistance to Britain in the event of a German attack. (These groups had contacts with some conservative politicians, among whom were Laval and Marshal Philippe Pétain.) Pétain was born in Cauchy-à-la-Tour (in the Pas-de-Calais département in Northern France) in 1856. Thereafter, he alternated between staff and regimental assignments. At that day's cabinet meeting, Pétain strongly supported Weygand’s demand for an armistice and read out a draft proposal to the cabinet where he spoke of. dbpedia-owl:activeYearsEndDate 1932-02-20 (xsd:date); 1936-01-24 (xsd:date); 1940-12-13 (xsd:date); 1944-08-20 (xsd:date); dbpedia-owl:activeYearsStartDate 1931-01-27 (xsd:date); 1935-06-07 (xsd:date); 1940-07-11 (xsd:date); 1942-04-18 (xsd:date) Pétain already had a ministerial team ready: Laval for Foreign Affairs (this appointment was briefly vetoed by Weygand), Weygand as Minister of Defence, Darlan as Minister for the Navy, and Bouthillier for Finance.[43]. In January 1926, the Chief of Staff, General Debeney, proposed to the Conseil a "totally new kind of army. Tks in advance [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. As a result, the relationship between Pétain and Laval was somewhat "in and out" for the period of the Vichy régime. Pétain then replied that it would mean the destruction of the country. [42] The outcome of the meeting is uncertain. [54] Furthermore, France even remained formally at war with Germany, albeit opposed to the Free French. 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. Pétain had previously expressed interest in being named Minister of Education (as well as of War), a role in which he hoped to combat what he saw as the decay in French moral values. 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. Reynaud and five ministers thought these proposals acceptable. However Weygand reported to the Senate Army Commission that year that the French Army could still not resist a German attack. On 11 June, Churchill flew to the Château du Muguet, at Briare, near Orléans, where he put forward first his idea of a Breton redoubt, to which Weygand replied that it was just a "fantasy". You must not take part in the fighting. In August 1944, Pétain made an attempt to distance himself from the crimes of the militia by writing Darnand a letter of reprimand for the organisation's "excesses". Pétain however remained popular and engaged in a series of visits around France as late as 1944, when he arrived in Paris on 28 April in what Nazi propaganda newsreels described as a "historic" moment for the city. 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. [51] He issued new constitutional acts which abolished the presidency, indefinitely adjourned parliament, and also gave him full power to appoint and fire ministers and civil service members, pass laws through the Council of Ministers and designate a successor (he chose Laval). [citation needed] Summer maneuvers in 1932 and 1933 were cancelled due to lack of funds, and recruitment to the armed forces fell off. His journey from military obscurity, to hero of France during World War I, to collaborationist dictator during World War II, led his successor Charles de Gaulle to write that Pétain’s life was "successively banal, then glorious, then deplorable, but never mediocre". Pétain noted his recent promotion to general, adding that he did not congratulate him, as ranks were of no use in defeat. Pétain later remarked to Reynaud about this statement: "your ally now threatens us". Verdun 1916, by Malcolm Brown, Tempus Publishing Ltd., Stroud, UK, p. 86. But Pétain was only one of many military and other men on a very large committee responsible for national defence, and interwar governments frequently cut military budgets. After his conviction, the court stripped Pétain of all military ranks and honours save for the one distinction of Marshal of France. In the spring of 1914, he was given command of a brigade (still with the rank of colonel). 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. 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. Although holding the position until 17 April 1942, the executive power was exercised by the Deputy Prime Ministers from 11 July 1940. Admiral Darlan, who had been opposed to an armistice until 15 June, now became a key player, agreeing provided the French fleet was kept out of German hands. 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). Consideration has been given to removing the sidewalk ribbon denoting the parade for Pétain, given his role with the Nazis in World War II. He had the appearance of a commander who had lost his nerve". Organized by Pierre Laval, a strong proponent of collaboration, the interview and the handshake were photographed and exploited by Nazi propaganda to gain the support of the civilian population. The latter wrote a sarcastic reply, telling Pétain that he should have "thought of this before". A 58-year-old colonel at the start of battle in 1914, Pétain … Weygand, the Commander-in-Chief, now declared that "the fighting had become meaningless". Pétain refused and asked for a written formulation of this request. In addition, François-Marsal announced reductions – in the army from fifty-five divisions to thirty, in the air force, and did not mention tanks. At the conference Pétain met de Gaulle for the first time in two years. In addition, with the restrictions imposed on Germany by the Versailles Treaty there seemed no urgency for vast expenditure until the advent of Hitler. The jury sentenced him to death by a one-vote majority. 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. 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. Duration 00:02:34 Several ministers were still opposed to an armistice, and Weygand immediately lashed out at them for even leaving Paris. It is impossible for the government to abandon French soil without emigrating, without deserting. 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. Pétain was sympathetic. ... *Date for meetings in France between Hitler and Petain and Laval and between Hitler and Franco shown on opening slate should be October 1940, not 1941. Philippe Pétain, in full Henri-Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Pétain, (born April 24, 1856, Cauchy-à-la-Tour, France—died July 23, 1951, Île d’Yeu), French general who was a national hero for his victory at the Battle of Verdun in World War I but was discredited as chief of state of the French government at Vichy in World War II. "), the other famous quotation often attributed to him – "Ils ne passeront pas!" – was actually uttered by Robert Nivelle who succeeded him in command of the Second Army at Verdun in May 1916. He was originally sentenced to death, but due to his age and World War I service his sentence was commuted to life in prison. [57] President Lebrun invited 71-year-old Doumergue to come out of retirement and form a new "government of national unity". By 1932 the economic situation had worsened and Édouard Herriot's government had made "severe cuts in the defence budget... orders for new weapons systems all but dried up". [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. Police retrieved the coffin a few days later, and it was ceremoniously reburied with a presidential wreath in the Île d'Yeu as before.[70]. After Germany and Italy occupied and disarmed France in November 1942, Pétain became a puppet of the German military administration. This sort of individual was not to appealing to "Our Marshal", who found them rather crude and unsophisticated, notwithstanding his own fairly modest rural origins. Pétain replied that "the interests of France come before those of Britain. Henri Petain and Pierre Laval receive members of the Vichy diplomatic corps, who give them New Year's greetings. He was also beginning to suffer from heart problems and was no longer able to walk without assistance. Pétain, however, having been forced to leave France, refused to participate in this government and Fernand de Brinon now headed the "government commission". Language French. He improved the recruitment programme for specialists, and lengthened the training period by reducing leave entitlements. [72], withdrawn following conviction for high treason in 1945. Pétain accompanied President Lebrun to Belgrade for the funeral of King Alexander, who had been assassinated on 6 October 1934 in Marseille by Vlado Chernozemski, a Macedonian nationalist of Bulgarian origin. A modern infantry rifle was adopted in 1936 but very few of these MAS-36 rifles had been issued to the troops by 1940. Duration 00:00:44 Date Event: 1943 January Production: 1943 January Locale France. On 3 May Pétain, was interviewed in Le Journal where he launched an attack on the Franco-Soviet Pact, on Communism in general (France had the largest communist party in Western Europe), and on those who allowed Communists intellectual responsibility. The next day, they went to Lebrun himself. [citation needed]. "Flawed saviours: the myths of Hindenburg and Pétain". [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. Fearing riots at the announcement of the sentence, de Gaulle ordered that Pétain be immediately transported on the former's private aircraft to Fort du Portalet in the Pyrenees,[62] where he remained from 15 August to 16 November 1945. At cabinet on 15 June, Reynaud urged that France follow the Dutch example, that the Army should lay down its arms so that the fight could be continued from abroad. 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. But he recognised, after the new Army Organisation Law of 1927, that the tide was flowing against him. Pétain did not like Laval who, in common with most political leaders of the late Third Republic, was a thoroughly bourgeois political fixer. However, after Germany invaded France, Pétain joined the new government of Paul Reynaud on 18 May 1940 as Deputy Prime Minister. At 12:30 am, Pétain made his first broadcast to the French people. French industrial efforts in fighter aircraft were dispersed among several firms (Dewoitine, Morane-Saulnier and Marcel Bloch), each with its own models. 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!" French commander-in-chief Maxime Weygand expressed his fury at British retreats and the unfulfilled promise of British fighter aircraft. 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. He and Pétain regarded the military situation as hopeless. Still, the handshake he offered to Hitler caused much uproar in London, and probably influenced Britain's decision to lend the Free French naval support for their operations at Gabon. In August 1944 the Germans carried Pétain, Laval and other Vichy ministers off to Germany. The republican motto of "Liberté, égalité, fraternité" ("Freedom, equality, brotherhood") was replaced with "Travail, famille, patrie" ("Work, family, fatherland"). These two men travelled to Warsaw for the funeral of the Polish Marshal Piłsudski in May 1935 (and another cordial meeting with Göring). [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'. 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. Laval and Petain. After World War I Pétain married his former girlfriend, Eugénie Hardon (1877–1962), "a particularly beautiful woman", on 14 September 1920; they remained married until the end of Pétain's life. [39], The government moved to Bordeaux, where French governments had fled German invasions in 1870 and 1914, on 14 June. The War Ministry was hamstrung between the wars and proved unequal to the tasks before them. Like Pétain, he said he would never leave France. Reserves could be called up when needed. Pétain was displeased at de Gaulle’s appointment. He criticised the reservist system in France, and her lack of adequate air power and armour. Because of his high prestige as a soldier's soldier, Pétain served briefly as Army Chief of Staff (from the end of April 1917). Other causes were pacificism, stimulated by the Russian Revolution and the trade-union movement, and disappointment at the nonarrival of American troops. Acting heads of state are denoted by an asterisk. After the autumn maneuvers, which Pétain had reinstated, a report was presented to Pétain that officers had been poorly instructed, had little basic knowledge, and no confidence. [57] [36] By 8 June, Paris was threatened, and the government was preparing to depart, although Pétain was opposed to such a move. PARIS - Marshal Henri Pétain, Pierre Laval and Edouard Herriot, former President of the Chamber of Deputies, were arrested by the Gestapo and taken to … Rather than resigning, he maintained in a letter to the French the fiction that "I am, and remain morally, your leader". 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". 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. Pinardville, a traditionally French-Canadian neighborhood of Goffstown, New Hampshire, has a Petain Street dating from the 1920s, alongside parallel streets named for other World War I generals, John Pershing, Douglas Haig, Ferdinand Foch, and Joseph Joffre. Only 20 infantry divisions would be maintained on a standing basis". Lebrun persuaded him to stay until Churchill’s reply had been received. Pétain did not get involved in non-military issues when in the Cabinet, and unlike other military leaders he did not have a reputation as an extreme Catholic or a monarchist.[30]. Hengshan Road, in Shanghai, was "Avenue Pétain" between 1922 and 1943. 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Eight were initially undecided but swung towards an armistice. Pétain believed – wrongly – that Gough's Fifth Army had been routed like the Italians at Caporetto. He would not forget that the Radical leader, Édouard Daladier, even voted against the whole package, on the grounds that the Army was still too large.[20]. 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. Millerand held the presidency in an acting capacity before being fully elected. Just prior to the main meeting, Prime Minister Clemenceau claimed he heard Pétain say "les Allemands battront les Anglais en rase campagne, après quoi ils nous battront aussi" ("the Germans will beat the English (sic) in open country, then they'll beat us as well"). 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. Le complot Laval-Petain Film Title The Nazi Plan. or "firepower kills! On 10 June, the government left Paris for Tours. The entire government subsequently moved briefly to Clermont-Ferrand, then to the spa town of Vichy in central France. A new commission for this purpose was established, under Joseph Joffre, and called for reports. The third offensive, "Blücher", in May 1918, saw major German advances on the Aisne, as the French Army commander (Humbert) ignored Pétain's instructions to defend in depth and instead allowed his men to be hit by the initial massive German bombardment. He added that the new France would be "a social hierarchy... rejecting the false idea of the natural equality of men. At midnight on 15 June 1940, Baudouin asked the Spanish Ambassador to submit to Germany a request to cease hostilities at once and for Germany to make known its peace terms. On the next day, Pétain formally assumed near-absolute powers as "Head of State. [27], In November the Doumergue government fell. [8] The mutinies were kept secret from the Germans and their full extent and intensity were not revealed until decades later. His important success that year was in getting Daladier's previous proposal to reduce the number of officers repealed. After having requested the Swiss ambassador Walter Stucki [fr] to bear witness to the Germans' blackmail, Pétain submitted. It soon collapsed and the marshal returned to France to be tried for treason. Two days later he crossed the French frontier.[60]. Britain got us into this position, let us now try to get out of it. 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.". Making Paris into a ruin would not affect the final event. "[citation needed]. Marshal of France Phillipe Petain and Pierre Laval discuss the dismantling of the Third Republic, July, 1940. This page was last edited on 16 January 2021, at 10:38. [32] Pétain was now in his 80th year. ("They shall not pass"!) [41] Weygand persuaded him that Reynaud's suggestion would be a shameful surrender. MCU Petain gets out of car and shakes hands with von Ribbentrop. Circa December 29, 1942] [Above: Laval (far right) and Petain] [69], In February 1973, Pétain's coffin housing his remains was stolen from the Île d'Yeu cemetery by extremists, who demanded that President Georges Pompidou consent to its re-interment at Douaumont cemetery among the war dead of the Verdun battle. 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