Bob Denard

1929 - 2007

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Robert Denard (born Gilbert Bourgeaud 7 April 1929 – 13 October 2007) was a French soldier of fortune and mercenary. Sometimes known under the aliases Gilbert Bourgeaud and Saïd Mustapha Mhadjou, he was known for having performed various jobs in support of Françafrique—France's sphere of influence in its former colonies in Africa—for Jacques Foccart, co-ordinator of President Charles de Gaulle's African policy. Having served with the French Navy in the Algerian War, the ardently anti-communist Denard took part in the Katanga secession effort in the 1960s and subsequently operated in many African countries including Congo, Angola, Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe), and Gabon. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bob Denard has received more than 526,330 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Bob Denard is the 520th most popular military personnel (up from 528th in 2019), the 1,445th most popular biography from France (up from 1,527th in 2019) and the 58th most popular French Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Bob Denard ranks 520 out of 1,466Before him are Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, Jean Maximilien Lamarque, Hans Speidel, and Mikhail Alekseyev. After him are William Bligh, Walter Rauff, Nogi Maresuke, Fritz Bayerlein, Ante Gotovina, and Jisaburō Ozawa.

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Among people born in 1929, Bob Denard ranks 104Before him are Chadli Bendjedid, Věra Chytilová, Lata Mangeshkar, Bruno Cremer, André Previn, and Lorenzo Buffon. After him are José Santamaría, Antonio Carbajal, Hugo Claus, Heiner Müller, Ira Levin, and Joan Plowright. Among people deceased in 2007, Bob Denard ranks 51Before him are Norman Mailer, Mary Douglas, Sol LeWitt, Jean-Claude Brialy, Gaston Thorn, and André Gorz. After him are Lady Bird Johnson, Rudolf Arnheim, John Backus, Marcheline Bertrand, Abbé Pierre, and Khun Sa.

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Among people born in France, Bob Denard ranks 1,445 out of 5,234Before him are Jean Maximilien Lamarque (1770), Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749), André Campra (1660), Theobald II of Navarre (1239), Raimbaut de Vaqueiras (1165), and Edmond Debeaumarché (1906). After him are Princess Antoinette, Baroness of Massy (1920), Bernard Germain de Lacépède (1756), Georges Duhamel (1884), Honoré IV, Prince of Monaco (1758), Anne Desclos (1907), and Gabriel Bonnot de Mably (1709).


Among military personnels born in France, Bob Denard ranks 58Before him are Aegidius (450), Pierre Cambronne (1770), Heinz Harmel (1906), Walter Krüger (1890), Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine (1712), and Jean Maximilien Lamarque (1770). After him are Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno (1764), Jean-Charles Pichegru (1761), Gaston of Foix, Duke of Nemours (1489), Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier (1742), Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon (1754), and Lazare Hoche (1768).