Maurice Gamelin

1872 - 1958

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Maurice Gustave Gamelin (French pronunciation: [mɔʁis ɡystav ɡamlɛ̃]; 20 September 1872 – 18 April 1958) was a French general. He is remembered for his disastrous command (until 17 May 1940) of the French military during the Battle of France in World War II and his steadfast defence of republican values. The Commander-in-chief of the French Armed Forces at the start of World War II, Gamelin was viewed as a man with significant intellectual ability. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Gamelin has received more than 598,275 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Maurice Gamelin is the 237th most popular military personnel (up from 246th in 2019), the 701st most popular biography from France (down from 699th in 2019) and the 25th most popular French Military Personnel.

Maurice Gamelin was a French general during World War II. He is most famous for his failure to stop the German invasion of France in 1940.

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Among military personnels, Maurice Gamelin ranks 237 out of 2,058Before him are Hans von Seeckt, Gotthard Heinrici, Tōgō Heihachirō, Amr ibn al-As, Otto Carius, and Lysander. After him are Władysław Sikorski, Albert Pike, Pausanias, Desmond Doss, Bertrand du Guesclin, and Valery Gerasimov.

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Among people born in 1872, Maurice Gamelin ranks 20Before him are Richard Willstätter, Léon Blum, Sergei Diaghilev, Louis Blériot, Djemal Pasha, and Helena Rubinstein. After him are Sri Aurobindo, Jože Plečnik, Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, Norman Angell, Wilhelm Miklas, and Eduard Bloch. Among people deceased in 1958, Maurice Gamelin ranks 17Before him are Faisal II of Iraq, Milutin Milanković, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Rudolf von Laban, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Lion Feuchtwanger. After him are G. E. Moore, Georges Rouault, Giacomo Balla, Abul Kalam Azad, Ernst Heinkel, and Alfred Weber.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Gamelin ranks 701 out of 6,770Before him are Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), Madame de La Fayette (1634), Raymond Aron (1905), François Jacob (1920), Antoine-Jean Gros (1771), and Pierre Loti (1850). After him are Pierre Bonnard (1867), Alexandre Millerand (1859), François Ravaillac (1578), Jacques Maritain (1882), Jean Parisot de Valette (1494), and Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729).