Gabriel Brunet de Sairigné

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Gabriel Brunet de Sairigné
Born 9 February 1913
Paris, France
Died 1 March 1948
Lagnia Bien Hoa, Vietnam
Allegiance  France
Service/branch French Army
Years of service 1933 – † 1948
Rank Colonel
Commands held 13th Foreign Legion Demi-Brigade
Battles/wars World War II
First Indochina War
Awards Commander of the Legion of Honor
Compagnon de la Libération

Gabriel Brunet de Sairigné (9 February 1913 – 1 March 1948) was a French Army officer of the French Foreign Legion. He was born in Paris, and was killed in the line of duty close to Lagnia Bien Hoa (Viêt Nam).


He went to the Lycée Pasteur and the Lycée Saint-Louis in Paris before joining the famous École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in 1933.

World War II[edit]

During World War II, he participated with the Free French Forces in:

He finished the war with the rank of lieutenant colonel, commandant in chief of the First French Free Division (in French: "Première division française libre", or "1ère DFL").

His personal notes dealing with his campaigns during World War II (exactly from 28 February 1940 to 18 June 1945) were published after his death.

First Indochina War[edit]

He was a colonel during the First Indochina War serving with the French Foreign Legion and became the commanding officer of the 13th Foreign Legion Demi-Brigade between 21 August 1946 and his death in the line of duty on 1 March 1948.



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