|Born||26 May 1913|
|Died||19 October 1995 (aged 82)|
French Foreign Legion
|Years of service||1931-1973|
|Rank||Général de corps d'armée|
|Commands held||3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment|
French Army Light Aviation
11th Light Intervention Division
Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic
|Battles/wars||World War II|
*Battle of Narvik
*Battle of Bir Hakeim
*disembarking in Provence
*Battle of Alsace
First Indochina War
*Battle of Dien Bien Phu
|Awards||Grand officier de la Légion d'honneur|
Compagnon de la Libération
Médaille de la Résistance
Croix de guerre 1939-1945
Croix de guerre des TOE
Croix de la Valeur militaire
André Lalande (26 May 1913 – 19 October 1995) was a French Army officer and general in the Chasseurs Alpins and French Foreign Legion. He fought during the World War II at the heart of the Free French Forces, then in Indochina and Algeria.
In 1937, following his request, he was assigned to the 6th Alpins Chasseurs Battalion (French: 6e Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins, BCA). The unit was combat engaged in Norway during the Battle of Narvik from April to June 1940, where he was wounded.
Since July 1940 and during the war, Lalande joined the Free French Forces. In December 1941, he was assigned to the 13th Demi-Brigade of Foreign Legion 13e DBLE garrisoned in Beirut. It was with this unit that he combat engaged to the Battle of Bir Hakeim in May 1942, a battle during which he was wounded in action again.
Promoted to Chef de Battaillon on June 1943 of the war, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion of the phalange magnifique. His unit was part of 1st Free French Division and partook to the assault against the Gustave line in Italy in the spring of 1944, as well as to the disembarking in Provence on August 1944. He then participated to the Battle of Alsace (French: batailles en Alsace) in the Alpes on April 1945.
At the issue of World War II, following an assignment post attached to the cabinet of the Minister of the Armies, and a promotion to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, he volunteered to serve in French Indochina during the Indochina War. Promoted to colonel, he assumed command of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment 3e REI and participated to the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. He was responsible then for the support point "Isabelle". Lalande was captured after the fall of entrenched camp on May 7 1954 and spent 5 months in captivity.
He joined there after, from 1955 to December 1958, the French delegation's permanent group of NATO to the U.S.
He participated then to the Algerian War, first as chef d'état-major of 19th Military Region in Algiers, then as chief of the sector of Tiaret from May 1958 to October 1960.
On June 1966, he was promoted to général de division. In July of the next year, he assumed the functions of the Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic. In 1969, he became the military governor of Lyon and commandant of the 5th Military Region. On March 1 1970, he was promoted to the rank of général de corps d'armée.
- Grand Officer of the Légion d’Honneur
- Companion of the Liberation
- Grand Cross of the Ordre national du Mérite
- Croix de guerre 1939-1945 (2 citations)
- Croix de guerre des Théatres d'Opérations Extérieures
- Médaille Coloniale
- Norwegian War Cross with Sword
- The 183rd promotion of Saint-Cyr (1996-1999) bears his name.