Maurice Gamelin

1872 - 1958

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Maurice Gustave Gamelin (20 September 1872 – 18 April 1958) was an army general in the French Army. Gamelin is remembered for his disastrous command (until 17 May 1940) of the French military during the Battle of France (10 May–22 June 1940) 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 341,803 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Maurice Gamelin is the 248th most popular military personnel (down from 242nd in 2019), the 731st most popular biography from France (up from 735th 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 248 out of 1,466Before him are Matthew C. Perry, Wu Sangui, Alois Brunner, Henning von Tresckow, Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne, and Vasily Stalin. After him are Nikolai Vatutin, Karl Wolff, Italo Balbo, Gerhard Barkhorn, Jean-Baptiste Kléber, and Andrey Yeryomenko.

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Among people born in 1872, Maurice Gamelin ranks 20Before him are Louis Blériot, Richard Willstätter, Emil Hácha, Paul Langevin, Charles Greeley Abbot, and Sri Aurobindo. After him are Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, Jože Plečnik, Helena Rubinstein, Gotse Delchev, Aubrey Beardsley, and Wilhelm Miklas. Among people deceased in 1958, Maurice Gamelin ranks 18Before him are Lion Feuchtwanger, Faisal II of Iraq, Milutin Milanković, Juan Ramón Jiménez, G. E. Moore, and Kurt Alder. After him are Georges Rouault, Giacomo Balla, Rudolf von Laban, André Bazin, Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, and Edna Purviance.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Gamelin ranks 731 out of 5,234Before him are Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne (1611), Philippe de Vitry (1291), Guillaume de Nogaret (1260), Princess Augusta of Bavaria (1788), Georges Sorel (1847), and Nicolas Fouquet (1615). After him are Claude Lelouch (1937), Raoul Dufy (1877), Célestin Freinet (1896), Bernart de Ventadorn (1135), Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), and Jean Giraud (1938).


Among military personnels born in France, Maurice Gamelin ranks 25Before him are Jean-de-Dieu Soult (1769), Syagrius (430), Oenomaus (-105), Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy (1766), Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy (1847), and Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne (1611). After him are Jean-Baptiste Kléber (1753), Jean Victor Marie Moreau (1763), Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (1902), Robert Nivelle (1856), Bertrand du Guesclin (1320), and Georges Picquart (1854).