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French Joseph DARNAND

born Aimé Joseph Auguste DARNAND

French soldier, leader of the Vichy French collaborators with Nazi Germany and a Waffen-SS officer

Source :  criceJean Marie GAILLARDOdile PASQUESPhilippe FRACHET

Born: on March 19, 1897 in Coligny, Ain, France
Died: on October 10, 1945 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine, France


Darnand was born at Coligny, Ain, Rhône-Alpes in France. He fought in World War I and received seven citations for bravery. After the war, he worked as a cabinetmaker and later founded his own transportation company in Nice. He also supported the Orléanist group Action Française.

On 8 January 1916, he enlisted in the 35th Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to corporal in April 1917, sergeant on 1 June 1917 and to adjutant (warrant officer) in 1918. Demobilised after the armistice, he again enlisted for two years in the army in September 1919.

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