Henri Giraud

1879 - 1949

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Henri Honoré Giraud (18 January 1879 – 11 March 1949) was a French military officer who was a leader of the Free French Forces during the Second World War until he was forced to retire in 1944. Born to an Alsatian family in Paris, Giraud graduated from the Saint-Cyr military academy and served in French North Africa. He was wounded and captured by the Germans during the First World War, but managed to escape from his prisoner-of-war camp. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henri Giraud has received more than 544,246 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Henri Giraud is the 350th most popular military personnel (up from 370th in 2019), the 983rd most popular biography from France (up from 1,026th in 2019) and the 38th most popular French Military Personnel.

Henri Giraud was a French general who was captured by the Germans in 1940. He was released in 1942 and became the commander of the French forces in North Africa. In 1943, he became the commander of the French forces in North Africa. He was captured by the Germans in 1944 and spent the rest of the war in a German prison.

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Among military personnels, Henri Giraud ranks 350 out of 2,058Before him are Eduard Dietl, Toyotomi Hideyori, Andrei Grechko, Hans-Valentin Hube, Rudolf Abel, and James Paul Moody. After him are Hugo Sperrle, Huang Zhong, Francisco de Miranda, Günther Prien, Maximilian von Spee, and Ivan Paskevich.

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Among people born in 1879, Henri Giraud ranks 27Before him are Ramana Maharshi, Shunroku Hata, Sarojini Naidu, Francis Peyton Rous, Joseph Wirth, and Italo Gariboldi. After him are Ali of Hejaz, An Jung-geun, Victor Sjöström, Fritz Haarmann, Knud Rasmussen, and Hans Lammers. Among people deceased in 1949, Henri Giraud ranks 24Before him are Angela Hitler, Nathuram Godse, Victor Fleming, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Sarojini Naidu, and Gustav Radbruch. After him are Kim Koo, Marcel Cerdan, Niceto Alcalá-Zamora, Solomon R. Guggenheim, Aino Aalto, and Aleksandra Ekster.

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Among people born in France, Henri Giraud ranks 983 out of 6,770Before him are Alain Touraine (1925), Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813), Catherine of Valois (1401), Jules Renard (1864), Cardinal de Rohan (1734), and Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800). After him are Daniel Cohn-Bendit (1945), Charles III, Duke of Savoy (1486), Philippe Ariès (1914), Germaine of Foix (1488), Étienne Bézout (1730), and Augustin Robespierre (1763).


Among military personnels born in France, Henri Giraud ranks 38Before him are Georges Picquart (1854), Charles François Dumouriez (1739), Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy (1847), Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (1889), François Christophe de Kellermann (1735), and Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno (1764). After him are Pierre-Charles Villeneuve (1763), Nicolas Chauvin (1790), François Achille Bazaine (1811), Lazare Hoche (1768), Jean-Baptiste Jourdan (1762), and La Hire (1390).