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Dejussieu-Pontcarral, Pierre

Date of birth:
February 14th, 1898 (Lyon, France)
Date of death:
August 1st, 1984 (Paris, France)
French (1870-present, Republic)


aka "Bourguignon" - "Félicien" - "Pontcarral" or Dedou"

00.00.1916: entered the officers academy of Saint-Cyr - Promotion "des Drapeaux et de l'Amitié américaine"
00.00.1917: sent to the front as Aspirant in the 52e RIC
00.00.1917: 1st citation for bravery
20.02.1918: promoted to Sous-Lieutenant
00.00.1918: 2nd citation
14.07.1918: WIA and 3rd citation
00.00.1919-00.00.1929: sent to Tunesia, Algeria then Morrocco
00.00.1929-00.00.1930: war college in Paris
00.00.1930-00.00.1939: sent to China and Indochina
00.00.1940: chef de bataillon, appointed to the staff / 45e Corps d'Armée led by général Daille
00.06.1940: distinguished himself during the fightings in Maîche and Trévillers in the Doubs region and entered Switzerland to avoid the capture
00.02.1941: returned to occupied France and appointed to Clermont-Ferrand in the 2e Bureau (Intelligence) of the Commission Régionale d'armistice and entered the resistance
00.09.1942: appointed chief for the regioncoded R6(Clermont-Ferrand) in the Résistance movement "Combat" under the covert name "Bourguignon" then "Félicien" with the newly created Armée secrète (AS) - Secret Army
00.07.1943: appointed chief of the AS for the Zone Sud / South Zone under the name of "Pontcarral"
00.11.1943: promoted to Général de Brigade
00.01.1944: appointed chief of staff of the Forces Françaises de l'Intérieure / French Forces of the Interior - FFI
02.05.1944: arrested by the Gestapo in Paris and placed in custody in Fresnes prison
15.08.1944: deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp
30.08.1944: moved to the Dora-Mittelbau KL
00.09.1944: organised the resistance inside the camp in order to sabotage V2 constructed on the site. Due to this action, it is assessed that 3 V2 out of 4 produced in th site missed their final targets in Great Britain
00.04.19495: transferred to Bergen-Belsen and liberated by the British troops
00.00.1958: retired as Général de Corps d'Armées and deputy of General Speidel NATO SACLANT in Fontainebleau

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1945
l' Ordre de la Libération
First World War (1914-1918)
52e Régiment d'Infanterie Coloniale, division Marchand
Awarded on:
October 1917
Médaille Militaire
First World War (1914-1918)
3 citations : 1 palm (1917) and 2 stars (1918)
Croix de Guerre (1914-1918)
Second World War (1939-1945)
with rosette
Médaille de la Résistance Française