Joseph DARNAND

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World Wars & Contemporary Wars, French Minister and Secretary of state (before French Fifth Republic)

FrenchBorn Aimé Joseph Auguste DARNAND

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

Born on March 19, 1897 in Coligny, Ain , France

Died on October 10, 1945 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine , France

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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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