Charles De Gaulle

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Charles-André-Joseph-Marie de Gaulle (November 22, 1890 - November 9, 1970) was born in Lille, Francie, France. Following the First Great War he became one of the leading proponents of the "Massed Tank" school of thought in the French Army. Whether tanks should be used singly as support for infantry or en massed with infantry support was a matter of fierce debate. De Gaulle and others like him won the debate, but their political enemies hindered their careers during the 1930s. Yet with the advent of the Prussian blitzkrieg he was proven correct, as the counteroffensive which prevented France's total conquest following de Gaulle's tactical theories.

During the Second Great War, when Francie was under German occupation and the French government was forced to relocated to Avignon in the south, he became a war hero. He was in command of several strategic offensives which, while limited in scope, did much to distract and engage the forces of the Holy Roman Empire and eventually proved vital in final victory.

For all his machinations, de Gaulle was never strongly liked in the South among Gaulhóscs, being far too centrist. He was a small time politician in Francie, unable to get the backing necessary to take the national stage, much to his chagrin. He did, however, influence Francie, making it a much more centrist portion of the nation. He was also responsible for an attempt at building ties with New Francy even though he was not personnaly a monarchist.

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