Fernand Gambiez

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Fernand Gambiez
Born 27 February 1903
Lille, France
Died 29 March 1989(1989-03-29) (aged 86)
Allegiance France
Service/branch French Army
Rank Général d'Armée
Battles/wars World War II
First Indochina War
Algerian War
Other work Historian

Fernand Gambiez (27 February 1903 – 29 March 1989) was a French Army general and military historian, he fought in World War II, First Indochina War and Algerian War, during the Algerian War he was commander-in-chief of the French Army in Algeria.

Gambiez was born in Lille, graduated from Saint Cyr in 1925. He served with the Foreign Legion in Morocco before studying at the Superior War School in 1935. He was a captain in command of a company during the Battle of France. He trained and commanded a Choc battalion in 1943, tooking part in the fighting to liberate Corsica in 1944. Gambiez served as chief of staff to the French commander-in-chief Henri Navarre during the First Indochina War, including the Battle of Dien Bien Phu where one of his sons died.

He was promoted to Général de corps d'armée in 1958, commander of the Oran Corps in 1959, Inspector General of the Infantry in 1960 and finally commander-in-chief of the French Army in Algeria in 1961. He was arrested by the rebellious generals during the Algiers putsch in April 1961.

He was the director of the French military history commission from 1969 to 1989. He was also elected member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques in 1974.


  • L'Épée de Damoclès, la guerre en style indirect (1967). With Colonel Maurice Suire.
  • Histoire de la première guerre mondiale (2 volumes, 1968). With Colonel Maurice Suire.
  • Libération de la Corse (1973)


  • Nicole Pietri et Jacques Valette (eds), Les guerres du général Gambiez, Esprit du Livre, 2009.

External links[edit]

  • (in French) Review of the book Les guerres du général Gambiez with a short biography. [1]