Military Anecdote of the Day

by Daniel Russ on June 16, 2009

Charles De Gualle, French General and President

Charles De Gaulle, French General and President

Lieutenant Colonel Jean Bastien-Thiry on 22 August 1962 tried to kill French President, Statesman and General Charles De Gaulle. Thiry was an experienced combat veteran who became associated with a silent group that was against de Gaulle’s determination to allow Algeria become independent. He sprayed over 200 rounds of machine gun fire at De Gaulle’s unarmored Citroen and only blew out the rear window and hit the car 14 times otherwise.

After the Citroen wrecked, De Gaulle and his wife emerged unscathed and calmly brushed shattered glass off of their sleeves.

De Gaulle calmly remarked: “They were terrible shots.”

When asked if she was frightened. “Frightened of what?” Mme De Gaulle asked. “We would have died together and avoided old age.”

Sources and Citations:

Venner, Dominique (2004). De Gaulle: La Grandeur et le Néant. Editions du Rocher.

Fadiman, Clifton. The Little Brown Book Of Anecdotes, 1985. Little Brown Books, Boston.

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AirmanMom June 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

This is my first visit to your blog and I will return, to read you again soon!
~AM

Daniel Russ June 16, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Thanks man. Come back every day. if you can.

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