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Top 4 Freedom Fighters of France Who Fought for Nation

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France has a vast history behind its culture and cuisine. But one must not forget about the revolutionary era where this country has strived for freedom and peace.

We see France safely growing only because of the freedom fighters who have contributed their lives for freedom and Independence. Here are few of the freedom fighters which are always remembered for their great deeds:

1. Dimitri Amilakhvari

Dimitri Amilakvari

He was a Georgian who had migrated to France at an early age. He is known for these brave actions in the 2nd World War which had begun in Egypt.

He was in the Foreign Legion. In March 1942, his unit was engaged in the Libya campaign. On May 26, in the Battle of Bir Hakeim, he commanded the 1st Free French Brigade under General Koenig and illustrated himself there at the head of a tactical unit for the destruction of German tanks. On August 10, he received at El Tahag in Egypt the Liberation Cross from General De Gaulle.

In October, he engaged the 13th DBLE at the battle of El Alamein in Egypt. On the 24th, when taking a piton, Dimitri Amilakhvari was killed by shrapnel.

2. Napoleon Bonaparte

Napolean Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte, son of Charles-Marie Bonaparte and Letizia Ramolino, was born in Ajaccio on August 15, 1769. He left Corsica at the age of ten to continue his education and military training in France. In the company of his brother Joseph, he tried unsuccessfully to gain power in Ajaccio until the disaster of 1793 which forced him to leave his native island.

In 1796 he was appointed general-in-chief of the Italian army and then left for the Egyptian campaign three years later. Became Emperor under the name of Napoleon I, he modernized the administration and institutions of France. However, it collapsed in 1815 during the defeat of Waterloo. Napoleon Bonaparte ended his life in 1821 in exile on the island of Saint Helena.

3. Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle was a French activist, Charles de Gaulle was born November 22, 1890, in Lille. He led the French resistance against Germany.

He was President of the Republic from 1959 to 1969. Passionate about the past of his country, he responded to his convictions by taking on the role of the character that does not undergo history but construction. Former apostle of the war of movement in conflict with the conservatives, he became in the eyes of the youth the symbol of immobility.

However, his glory was not truly tarnished and his conception of the economy and governance had long inspired the Gaullist right under the Fifth Republic. He died on November 9, 1970, in Colombey-Les-Deux-Eglises (Haute-Marne).

4. General Leclerc

General Leclerc

Leclerc is the most representative officer of Free France in the fight against Nazi Germany. He enters the history of France on March 2, 1941.

With a fiery temperament, brimming with initiative and daring, to the chagrin of his superiors, he had kept his promise and lead his men to Paris, Strasbourg and even Berchtesgaden, the Fuhrer’s eagle’s nest.

Although often in disagreement with de Gaulle, he had never departed from his loyalty to the leader of Free France.

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