April 24, at 8: Both Charles De Gaulle and Winston Churchill had many relatives who had fought in many historic battles. When they were young they both went to a military academy and struggled in school. Once they graduated from the military academy they went to fight in battle.
Childhood and origins[ edit ] De Gaulle's birth house in Lillenow a national museum De Gaulle was born in the industrial region of Lille in the Nord departmentthe third of five children. He was raised in a devoutly Catholic and traditional family.
His father, Henri de Gaullewas a professor of history and literature at a Jesuit college who eventually founded his own school.
Struck by his mother's tale of how she cried as a child when she heard of the French capitulation to the Germans at Sedan inhe developed a keen interest in military strategy.
He was also influenced by his uncle, also named Charles de Gaullewho was a historian and passionate Celticist who wrote books and pamphlets advocating the union of the Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Bretons into one people. His grandfather Julien-Philippe was also a historian, and his grandmother Josephine-Marie wrote poems which impassioned his Christian faith.
De Gaulle began writing in his early teens, especially poetry, and later his family paid for a composition, a one-act play in verse about a traveller, to be privately published.
In addition to the German philosophers NietzscheKantand Goethehe read the works of the ancient Greeks especially Plato and the prose of the romanticist poet Chateaubriand. Henri de Gaulle came to be a supporter of Dreyfus, but was less concerned with his innocence per se than with the disgrace which the army had brought onto itself.
It was used extensively for strike-breaking and there were fewer than applicants for St Cyr indown from 2, at the turn of the century.
His class ranking was mediocre th out of entrantsbut he was relatively young and this was his first attempt at the exam. Accordingly, in Octoberde Gaulle enlisted for four years, as required, rather than the normal two year term for conscripts in the 33rd Infantry Regiment of the French Armybased at Arras.
His company commander declined to promote him to sergeant, the usual rank for a potential officer, commenting that the young man clearly felt that nothing less than Constable of France would be good enough for him. By the end of his first year he had risen to 45th place.
Inhe graduated 13th in his class  and his passing-out report noted that he was a gifted cadet who would undoubtedly make an excellent officer. The future Marshal Alphonse Juin passed out first in the class, although the two do not appear to have been close friends at the time.
He later wrote in his memoirs: De Gaulle stressed how Maurice de Saxe had banned volley fire, how French armies of the Napoleonic period had relied on infantry column attack, and how French military power had declined in the nineteenth century because of — supposedly — excessive concentration on firepower e.
He also appears to have accepted the then fashionable lesson drawn from the recent Russo-Japanese Warof how bayonet charges by Japanese infantry with high morale had succeeded in the face of enemy firepower.
However, the French Fifth Army commander, General Charles Lanrezacremained wed to 19th-century battle tactics, throwing his units into pointless bayonet charges with bugles and full colours flying against the German artillery, incurring heavy losses.
He received his baptism of fire 15 August and was among the first to be wounded, receiving a bullet in the knee at the Battle of Dinant.
However, there is no contemporary evidence that he understood the importance of artillery in modern warfare. Instead, in his writing at the time, he criticised the "overrapid" offensive, the inadequacy of French generals, and the "slowness of the English troops".
Many of his former comrades were already dead. In December he became regimental adjutant. On 10 February he was promoted to captain, initially on probation.
On 3 September his rank of captain became permanent. In late October, returning from leave, he returned to command of 10th company again. He was one of the few survivors of his battalion. The circumstances of his capture would later become a subject of debate as anti-Gaullists rumored that he had actually surrendered, a claim de Gaulle nonchalantly dismissed.
While a prisoner of war, de Gaulle wrote his first book, Discorde chez l'ennemi The Enemy's House Dividedanalysing the issues and divisions within the German forces.
The book was published in He attempted escape by hiding in a laundry basket, digging a tunnel, digging a hole through a wall, and even posing as a nurse to fool his guards. As the war neared its end, he grew depressed that he was playing no part in the victory, but despite his efforts, he remained in captivity until the armistice.
On 1 Decemberthree weeks later, he returned to his father's house in the Dordogne to be reunited with his three brothers, who had all served in the army and survived the war. Between the wars[ edit ] Early s: Poland and staff college[ edit ] After the armistice, de Gaulle served with the staff of the French Military Mission to Poland as an instructor of Poland's infantry during its war with communist Russia — He distinguished himself in operations near the River Zbruczwith the rank of major in the Polish army, and won Poland's highest military decoration, the Virtuti Militari.
He was already a powerful speaker, after practice as a prisoner of war. Here he clashed with his instructor Colonel Moyrand by arguing for tactics based on circumstances rather than doctrine, and after an exercise in which he had played the role of commander, he refused to answer a question about supplies, replying "de minimis non curat praetor" "a leader does not concern himself with trivia" before ordering the responsible officer to answer Moyrand.
He obtained respectable, but not outstanding grades — 15 or so out of 20 — on many of his assessments.Start studying A2 B7 World War 2. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Jan 06, · Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt plotted to remove Charles de Gaulle as leader of the French resistance at a critical moment in World War II, saying they found him boastful, conceited.
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Phony War Charles De Gaulle. French general, created a French government in exile; symbol of French resistance to Germany. Winston Churchill. Prime Minister of Great Britain; inspirational speeches during battle; critic of appeasement; co-authored Atlantic Charter.
Apr 22, · Churchill/De Gaulle comparison paragraph Post your paragraph comparing these two important leaders here. Posted by Webber at 30 comments: Natalie Dederich April 22, at PM. Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle are thought to be two of the greatest military leaders during the time of World War II.
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