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Amilakvari, Dimitri "Bazorka"

Date of birth:
November 12th, 1906 (Bazorkino, Georgia)
Date of death:
November 24th, 1942 (Himeimat, El Alamein, Egypt)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery El Alamein
Nationality:
French (1870-present, Republic)

Biography

Prince Dimitri Amilakvari left with his family from Georgia after the Red Army entered the country in 1921 to live in exile in France. He received the French Nationality on 20th February 1940. He served in the French Foreign Legion.

00.00.1924: entered the Ecole Speciale Militaire de Saint Cyr - Promotion "du Rif"
00.00.1926-00.00.1929: 1er Régiment étranger (1er RE), Sidi Bel-Abbès, Algeria
00.00.1926: promoted to sous-lieutenant
00.00.1929: 4e Régiment étranger d'infanterie (4e REI), near Marrakech
00.01.1937: promoted to capitaine
00.03.1937-00.08.1939: commandant, compagnie d'instruction de mitrailleuses, 1er régiment étranger (1er RE)
20.02.1940: commandant, compagnie d'accompagnement, 2e bataillon (CAB 2), 13e demi-brigade de Légion étrangère (13e DBLE), Sidi Bel-Abbès
06.05.1940-13.06.1940: Narvik campaign
21.06.1940: Great Britain, joined the Free French Forces
31.08.1940: sailed to Dakar then Gabon and Erythrea
00.03.1941: chef, compagnie d'accompagnement (CAB 1), 1er Bataillon de la Légion étrangère during the Battle of Keren, Erythrea
08.04.1941: victory of Massaoua, Erythrea
00.06.1941: campaign in Syria
25.06.1941: promoted to chef de bataillon
16.09.1941: commandant, 13e DBLE
25.09.1941: promoted to lieutenant-colonel
00.03.1942: campaing in Libya
26.05.1942-11.06.1942: deputized General Koenig, commander, 1re Brigade Française Libre - Battle of Bir Hakeim
11.08.1942: awarded the Order of the Libération by general de Gaulle in camp El Tahag, Egypt
00.10.1942: commander, 13e DBLE - Battle of El Alamein
24.10.1942: KIA in a mine field during the retreat at Himeimat Hill

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 1940
awarded for the Narvik campaign
Chevalier de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Compagnon
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1942
l' Ordre de la Libération
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Capitaine (Captain)
Unit:
2e bataillon, 13e Demi-brigade de marche de Légion étrangère
Awarded on:
May 1940
5 citations : 3 citations for the Narvik campaign + 2 citations during the campaign in Africa
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
4e Régiment étranger d'infanterie
Awarded on:
May 30th, 1932
2 citations : 30.05.1932 + 00.08.1933
with clasp "Maroc"
Médaille Coloniale
Wissam Alaouit Cherifien - Officer

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