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In Beaufre entered the military academy at Saint-Cyr, where he met the future French president Charles de Gaulle , who was an instructor. In he saw action in Morocco against the Rif , who opposed French rule. While serving as permanent secretary of national defense in Algeria in —41 during World War II , he was arrested by the French Vichy regime, and after his release in he served in the Free French Army on several fronts until the end of the war in Beaufre then saw service in Indochina and Algeria and commanded the French forces in the Suez campaign against Egypt in

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In Beaufre entered the military academy at Saint-Cyr, where he met the future French president Charles de Gaulle , who was an instructor. In he saw action in Morocco against the Rif , who opposed French rule. While serving as permanent secretary of national defense in Algeria in —41 during World War II , he was arrested by the French Vichy regime, and after his release in he served in the Free French Army on several fronts until the end of the war in Beaufre then saw service in Indochina and Algeria and commanded the French forces in the Suez campaign against Egypt in Beaufre later became chief of the general staff of the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers in Europe in During the early s Beaufre came to prominence as a theoretical military strategist and as an advocate of the independent French nuclear force, which was a major priority of President Charles de Gaulle.

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Military career[ edit ] World War II[ edit ] While serving as permanent secretary of national defence in Algeria in —41 during World War II, he was arrested by the French Vichy regime , and after his release in he served in the Free French Army on several fronts until the end of the war in In his book The Fall of France, Beaufre writes: "The collapse of the French Army is the most important event of the 20th century". He states that had the French Army held, the Hitler regime would have almost certainly fallen. In order to intervene in the vast vacant spaces he was suggesting using very light and mobile troops equipped with nuclear cannons. His thesis was taking place in a very uncertain world where both parties were potentially thinking about using nuclear weapons. Algeria[ edit ] Beaufre was a general in the Algerian War. He was leading the Iron Division la division de fer.

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