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En 2007, Georges-Marc Benamou devoted his work to him, The Ghost of Munich. General Louis-Eugène Faucher hardly marked the reminiscences and but, he embodied the glory of a French military which wished to withstand Hitler's expansionist goals from the Thirties, as Maurizio Serra recollects in his latest e book , Munich 1938, peace inconceivable. His place had positioned him on the forefront of this Central Europe coveted by the Nazi dictator.

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READ ALSO Munich 1938, return to a French traumaSince 1919, he was the army advisor to the Czechoslovaks, appointed by General Pellé, first chief of workers of the Czech military. This omnipresence of French officers on the prime of the hierarchy was defined by the important position performed by Paris in the course of the treaties within the creation of a brand new nation, on the ruins of the Austro-Hungarian empire. A Czech legion had already fought alongside the poilus earlier than 1918. It was one of many highest rating officers of this former Legion, General Jan Syrovy, former Minister of Defense, who was appointed Prime Minister of the nation by the Czech President Édouard Benès in the course of the Sudeten disaster in September 1938. Faucher is aware of Syrovy effectively, he’s even certainly one of his associates since he labored alongside him within the Nineteen Twenties. Czechoslovakia, linked since 1924 to France by a treaty of alliance and friendship – which sadly for her doesn’t embody a army part – ​​owes Faucher the institution of her military.

During this disaster within the Sudetenland, Faucher continued to place strain on General Gamelin and the French basic workers in order that France would oppose the best firmness to Hitler's calls for. He tries to persuade that this new military of 900,000 males shouldn’t be as weak as Paris desires to imagine. In useless. Concerned by alarmist studies on the state of the French military, its chief discouraged Daladier from transferring in the direction of the chance of conflict.


Disappointed and disgusted, Faucher resigned from the military and requested for authorization to commit himself fully to the Czech trigger. He will get it. In October 1938, he helped with the pressing repatriation of the army equipment put in within the Sudetenland which have been on the verge of being invaded by Germany. However, he can have the ache of seeing Czechoslovakia settle for the Nazi invasion in March 1939 with out preventing, a call by Benes, satisfied that the democracies wouldn’t react, within the occasion of army resistance from his nation which he didn’t need. rework right into a martyr.

READ ALSO Munich: myths and little phrasesThe remainder of his profession is revealing. Back in France, he was chargeable for organizing a military of Czech volunteers who would struggle as in 1914-1918 alongside the French military. After the armistice, initially from Saint-Maixent-l'École, the cradle of the coaching of French infantry officers, he entered the resistance very early within the division of Deux-Sèvres inside the Alliance community, earlier than becoming a member of Libération- North then being named chargeable for the southwest area of the Secret Army, earlier than his arrest in early 1944 by the Gestapo. Returning from a focus camp at nearly 70 years previous, he spent his final years founding Franco-Czechoslovak friendship, then serving to the exiles who fled the communist regime after 1948. The one who had obtained the order of the White Lion, the very best Czechoslovak distinction, who gave his son the primary title Vaclav, was once more honored in Saint-Maixent in 2019 within the presence of an advisor from the Czech embassy.