François-Henry Laperrine

François-Henry Laperrine
Marie Joseph François Henry Laperrine d'Hautpoul

September 29, 1860 (1860-09-29)

Died March 5, 1920 (1920-03-06) (aged 59)

Nationality French

François-Henry Laperrine (born Marie Joseph François Henry Laperrine d'Hautpoul, September 29, 1860 - March 5, 1920) was a French general who served during World War I.

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Laperrine entered the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in October 1878 and became a captain in the 2nd Dragoons in November 1891. Laperrine organized the Compagnie Méharistes Sahariennes in 1897.[1][2] He was a friend of Charles de Foucauld who was killed in 1916 in Tamanrasset.[3][4] The two were honored on a stamp of Algeria in 1950: List of people on stamps of Algeria.

Laperrine died after a plane crash (a Breguet) in the Sahara in 1920. His companions, Lieutenant Bernard and mechanic Marcel Vasselin survived and recorded Le Peerrine's last words, "People think they know the desert...People think I know it. Nobody really knows it. I have crossed the Sahara ten times and I will stay here."[1] Bernard and Vasselin buried Laperrine near the plane, but when a rescue party arrived he was disinterred and buried in Tamanrasset next to Foucauld. The fort was named for Laperrine.

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References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b Fleming, Fergus (2004). The sword and the cross : two men and an empire of sand. New York: Grove Press. pp. 299. ISBN 978-0802141736.
  2. ^ Blaudin de Thé; Jacques Soustelle (1955). Historique des compagnies méharistes: 1902-1952. Imprimerie officielle.
  3. ^ de Foucauld, C.; Laperrine, M.J.F.H. (1954). Lettres inédites au général Laperrine: pacificateur du Sahara. La Colombe.
  4. ^ Foucauld, Charles de, and Marie Joseph François Henri Laperrine. Lettres inédites au général Laperrine, pacificateur du Sahara. Paris: La Colombe, 1954.

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