The Longest Day . . .

General De Lattre was not so enthusiastic about popular democracy, but he defended his nation with unequaled valor.  As a young officer in World War I, he was wounded seven times in battle.  In World War II he was taken prisoner by the Nazis.  His miraculous escape to England is a matter of legend, as is his work to gather together arms for the troops he had rounded up and taken to Africa.  It was from there that in the summer of 1944 he led his own invasion of occupied France.  Eisenhauer came in at Normandy and De Lattre came in through Provence.  The scissor was fatal to the Nazi forces. 

It is therefore only fitting that the presidential hall we visit today honors both "the Tiger" Clemenceau and hero General De Lattre.


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