Roger Blaizot

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Roger Blaizot
Born 17 May 1891
Died 21 March 1981(1981-03-21) (aged 89)
Allegiance  France
Service/branch French Army
Rank Général de corps d'armée
Unit French Liaison Officer to Supreme Allied Commander South-East Asia[1]
Commands held 1st Motorized Colonial Division
9th Colonial Division
Forces Francaises Extrême Orient[1]
Battles/wars World War II
First Indochina War

Roger Charles André Henri Blaizot (17 May 1891 – 21 March 1981)[2] was a French military leader, who commanded French forces during World War II and the First Indochina War.[1] Blaizot served in Indochina through the last two years of the World War II,[3] having been sent to command the Far East French Expeditionary Forces (Forces Francaises Extrême Orient) by Charles de Gaulle.[4] Following the war, Blaizot led a fifty-member staff group to Indochina as part of a cooperation between British Special Operations Executive agents of Force 136 and the French government to ensure French retention of South East Asia,[5] this having been approved by Lord Philip Mountbatten in 1943.[6] Blaizot then went on to command the French forces in Indochina from 1948 until 1949,[7] succeeding Jean-Étienne Valluy and being succeeded himself by Marcel Carpentier.[8]

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CEFEO shoulder patch insignia bearing the "Far East" mark.

Printed sources:

  • Bodinier, Gilbert, La Guerre d'Indochine, 1945-1954: textes et documents, France Armée de terre, service historique, 1987.
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  • Duiker, William J. U.S. Containment Policy and the Conflict in Indochina, Stanford University Press, 1994. ISBN 0-8047-2283-8
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  • Tucker, Spencer C. Vietnam, Routledge, 1999. ISBN 1-85728-922-6