Talk:Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque
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Merged material in from Jacques Philippe Leclerc - it seemed silly to have two articles on one person. ... and a lot of material from the fr: page, who I assume have the name correct. Shimgray 22:22, 18 Apr 2005 (UTC)
I moved the page to the name under which he is generally known. David.Monniaux 09:52, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Hauteclocque and not Hautecloque
the name is Hauteclocque with a "C" Hauteclo"c"que
The French general showed here with (from left to right) US general Bradley, US general Eisenhower and British air chief marshal Tedder is not general Leclerc, but is actually general Koenig, the military governor of Paris. The date may be 29 august 1944, during a parade of American troops on the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris. --Sbene (talk) 19:42, 28 November 2007 (UTC)
Will someone change this useless picture of general Koenig ?? I guess that for American people, a general with a kepi and a moustache is enough typical of the French to be Leclerc...
"Killing of French POW's"
I have removed the above-named section and retained it here for further reference. There are a number of reasons for doing so. It's incorrect and also shoddily sourced, which is no good for verifiability or credibility.
What this section was perhaps alluding to was an incident involving the 2e D.B. of the French Army in Bad Reichenhall on 8 May 1945 (a very long way from the Rhein-Lahn mentioned in the section). 11 or 12 members of the "Charlemagne" Waffen-Gren. Regt. der SS 58, prisoners of the French were summarily executed. It is NOT known who gave the order. See For Europe: The French Volunteers of the Waffen-SS by Robert Forbes, pp. 480s. The website given as a source is unsourced and could easily be argued to be biased due to its condemnation of left-wing groups. The other source, Whiting's Operation Northwind, a book on the Battle of the Bulge, is cited with no page references.
Killing of French POW’s
In May 1945, French forces under Gen. Philippe Leclerc stopped 11 or 12 French prisoners from the SS Charlemagne Regiment in Rhein-Lahn. These POWs, who had volunteered to fight against the Soviet Union, had been hospitalized fighting on the Eastern Front. They had since surrendered and were being moved to a POW area.
Gen. Leclerc asked them why they wore the uniform of the enemy. One prisoner replied, "Why do you wear the uniform of the Americans?". Enraged, Leclerc declared them to be traitors and ordered them to be shot.
- "Gen. Leclerc confronting the prisoners". Retrieved 2007-09-11.
- Operation Northwind, Charles Whiting
French POWs during WWII
The article states "After the armistice was signed on 22 June, French soldiers were simply allowed to go home, and the Germans were friendly towards de Hauteclocque, especially when they discovered that he spoke fluent German."
What???? French soldiers were NOT simply allowed to go home, and most well educated French people at the time spoke German, nothing out of the way there.
Whoever wrote this never heard of the 1.5 million French POWs! According to the French Wikipedia on Leclerc, he did exactly what my father, also a French officer, did before the armistice in June 1940 became effective - get authorization from his commanding officer to leave and try to go to London, where they would be more useful than in a POW camp.126.96.36.199 (talk) 09:14, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
- I wrote it and I have heard about the 1.5 million POWs. They were captured before the Armistice became effective. It was hoped that they would soon be released, but only a few were. The majority remained in POW camps for the duration. Leclerc obtained permission from his commanding officer to make his way back to French lines and rejoin the fight, which he did, not to go to London. From memory, he was listed as a deserter. Hawkeye7 (talk) 10:17, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for prompt answer. You are right, in May 1940, it still made sense for Leclerc to rejoin the French lines rather than go to London. But after the armistice, on June 25, French soldiers had to (military law) let themselves be made prisoner and sent East.188.8.131.52 (talk) 18:02, 31 August 2014 (UTC)