Maurice Gamelin

French general (b.1872, d.1958)


Gamelin was commander of the allied forces in France when Germany attacked France and the Low Countries in May 1940. He did not respond adequately to the German attack through Belgium, which allowed the Germans to outflank the heavily fortified Maginot line, and was replaced by general Weygand. By then it was too late to stop the Germans. After the German victory over France he was held captive at the infamous concentration camp Buchenwald. His tomb can be found in Passy cemetery, Paris.

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