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Henri-Philippe Petain
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Military Personnel
    (April 24, 1856-July 23, 1951)
    Joined French Army in 1876
    Infantry officer
    Fought in World War I
    Promoted to Field Marshal
    War Minister, 1934
    Headed the Vichy puppet government in France
    Sentenced to death for treason (commuted to life)
    Died in prison at 95
    He spurned aggressive tactics, thus inhibiting his success.
    He betrayed the Allies in World War II.
    The only reason he escaped death was that Charles De Gaulle had served under him in World War I
    His Vichy government shipped many Jews to death camps.
    He had a reputation for caring about the lives of his soldiers.
    He tried hard to improve living conditions in the trenches of World War I.
    Many praised him for his efficient use of manpower and artillery.

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