Famous French Soldiers

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Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
(Naturalist and Biologist Best Known for Proposing that Acquired Characteristics can be Inherited.)
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
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Birthdate: August 1, 1744
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bazentin, France
Died: December 18, 1829

French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck acquired his love for plants while serving as a soldier in the French army. Following an injury, he quit his military career but retained his love for botany. He later taught zoology, studied the classification of invertebrates, and also coined the term biology.

 2 
Gilad Shalit
(Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment Advisor)
Gilad Shalit
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Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nahariya

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was held by Palestinian militants from 2006 to 2011 and thus became significant in the Israeli political scene. He was eventually released as part of a prisoner-exchange deal, mediated by Germany ad Egypt, which required the release of over 1,000 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners.

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Jules Brunet
(Officer, Military personnel)
Jules Brunet
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Birthdate: January 2, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belfort
Died: August 12, 1911
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 4 
Bob Denard
(Soldier)
Bob Denard
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Birthdate: April 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grayan-et-l'Hôpital, Gironde, France
Died: October 13, 2007
 5 
Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke
(Senior Officer of the British Army and Professional Head of the British Army During World War II)
Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke
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Birthdate: July 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bragnieres-de-Bigorre, France
Died: June 17, 1963

Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, also known as Brookie and Colonel Shrapnel, was a senior British Army officer and a military advisor to Winston Churchill. He had received multiple knighthood honors. An ornithologist, too, he was a skilled bird photographer and had led the Zoological Society of London.

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Henri Giraud
(Politician, Officer, Military personnel)
Henri Giraud
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Birthdate: January 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: March 13, 1949
Louis-Joseph de Montcalm
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Birthdate: February 28, 1712
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vestric-et-Candiac, France
Died: September 14, 1759
 8 
Charles de Foucauld
(French Soldier, Explorer, Catholic Priest and Hermit)
Charles de Foucauld
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Birthdate: September 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: December 1, 1916

Charles de Foucauld was a cavalry officer in the French Army in the late 19th century. He later became an explorer and geographer, eventually adopting the life of a hermit and a Catholic priest. He was assassinated in 1916 and is listed as a martyr in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. 

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Jean de Lattre de Tassigny
(Military personnel)
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny
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Birthdate: February 2, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mouilleron-en-Pareds
Died: January 11, 1952
 10 
Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy
(Gained notoriety as a spy for the German Empire)
Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy
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Birthdate: December 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 21, 1923
 11 
Frédéric Bazille
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Birthdate: December 6, 1841
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: November 28, 1870
 12 
Charles Leclerc
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Birthdate: March 17, 1772
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pontoise
Died: November 1, 1802
 13 
Jean Bastien-Thiry
(Engineer, Aerospace engineer, Military personnel)
Jean Bastien-Thiry
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Birthdate: October 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lunéville
Died: March 11, 1963

Jean Bastien-Thiry was a French engineer and military personnel whose assassination attempt on French President Charles de Gaulle cost him his life. The assassination attempt made international headlines and inspired a novel titled The Day of the Jackal, which was later adapted into a film. Before his treacherous infamy, Bastien-Thiry was credited with creating the Nord SS.10/SS.11 missiles.

Louis de Buade de Frontenac
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Birthdate: May 22, 1622
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: November 28, 1698
Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard
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Birthdate: 1473 AD
Birthplace: Pontcharra, France
Died: April 30, 1524
Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma
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Birthdate: March 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 8, 2018
 17 
Charles Nungesser
(Legendary French Ace Pilot in World War I)
Charles Nungesser
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Birthdate: March 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: May 8, 1927

French ace pilot Charles Nungesser scored 43 combat victories during World War I. Starting his career as a mechanic in Argentina, he soon became a racer and then stepped into aviation. Nicknamed the Knight of Death, he disappeared while trying to complete the world’s first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York.

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William Clito
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Birthdate: October 25, 1102
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: July 28, 1128
 19 
Georges Bernanos
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Birthdate: February 20, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 5, 1948
Anne, duke de Montmorency
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Birthdate: March 15, 1493
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chantilly, France
Died: November 12, 1567
 21 
Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
(French Explorer and Soldier)
Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
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Birthdate: July 16, 1661
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: July 9, 1706

Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville was a soldier and ship captain. Also a daredevil explorer, he led the Hudson Bay expedition in 1686 and played a pivotal part in the capture of the fort at Moose Factory. He founded the French colony of Louisiana in New France. As a member of Compagnies Franches de la Marine, he fought in many wars. 

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Jacques Massu
(Military personnel)
Jacques Massu
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Birthdate: May 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Châlons-en-Champagne
Died: October 26, 2002
Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon
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Birthdate: January 16, 1675
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 2, 1755
 24 
Lucien E. Conein
(Armed force officer)
Lucien E. Conein
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Birthdate: November 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 3, 1998
Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye
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Birthdate: November 17, 1685
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: December 5, 1749

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye was a French Canadian military officer and fur trader. Along with his four sons, he explored the area west of Lake Superior and established trading posts there. The family also helped in the process of adding Western Canada to the original New France territory.  He was awarded the Order of Saint Louis. 

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Lazare Hoche
(Soldier)
Lazare Hoche
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Birthdate: June 24, 1768
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: September 19, 1797
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André Maginot
(Civil Servant)
André Maginot
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Birthdate: February 17, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 7, 1932
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Joseph-Simon Gallieni
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Birthdate: April 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Béat, France
Died: May 27, 1916
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Benjamin Bonneville
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Birthdate: April 14, 1796
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 12, 1878
 30 
Raoul Coutard
(Cinematographer)
Raoul Coutard
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Birthdate: September 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 8, 2016
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Jacqueline Auriol
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Birthdate: November 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Challans, France
Died: February 11, 2000
Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully
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Birthdate: December 13, 1560
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Château de Rosny-sur-Seine, Rosny-sur-Seine, France
Died: December 22, 1641
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François de Charette
(French Soldier and Politician)
François de Charette
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Birthdate: May 2, 1763
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Couffe, France
Died: March 29, 1796

François de Charette was a Breton soldier and politician who played an important role during the American Revolutionary War, serving in the French Royal Navy. He was one of the leaders of the War in the Vendée and fought against the revolutionary regime. His life inspired the creation of Le Dernier Panache at a theme park named Puy du Fou.

Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut
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Birthdate: 1639 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-Laval, France
Died: February 25, 1710
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Olivier de Clisson
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Birthdate: April 23, 1336
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brittany, France
Died: April 23, 1407
James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope
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Birthdate: 1673 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 5, 1721
Armand de Vignerot du Plessis
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Birthdate: March 13, 1696
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 8, 1788
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Guillaume Brune
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Birthdate: March 13, 1764
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
Died: August 2, 1816
Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno
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Birthdate: December 7, 1764
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Marche, France
Died: March 1, 1841
Armand-Augustin-Louis de Caulaincourt
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Birthdate: December 9, 1773
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caulaincourt, Aisne, France
Died: February 19, 1827
Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber
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Birthdate: February 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 7, 2006
Pierre André de Suffren
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Birthdate: July 17, 1729
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Cannat, France
Died: December 8, 1788
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Agrippa d'Aubigné
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Birthdate: February 8, 1552
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pons, France
Died: April 29, 1630
Louis François Joseph, Prince of Conti
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Birthdate: September 1, 1734
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 13, 1814
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Henri-Gustave Delvigne
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Birthdate: April 10, 1800
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: October 18, 1876
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Jean-Baptiste Marchand
(Soldier and explorer)
Jean-Baptiste Marchand
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Birthdate: November 2, 1863
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thoissey, France
Died: January 13, 1934
Emmanuel-Armand de Richelieu, duke d'Aiguillon
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Birthdate: July 31, 1720
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 1, 1788
François de Neufville, duc de Villeroy
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Birthdate: April 7, 1644
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: July 18, 1730
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Jean-Baptiste Drouet, Comte d'Erlon
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Birthdate: July 29, 1765
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: January 25, 1844
Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie
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Birthdate: October 19, 1718
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 30, 1804