When de Gaulle was 19, he entered the Ecole Speciale Militaire of Saint
- Cyr, finishing as a second lieutenant. In the May
of 1940 ,during the German invasion of France he was in charge of the 4th Armored Division (During wars before he had moved
in the ranks) making him the youngest brigadier general of the French Army . Then he became undersecretary of state for defense and war under command of Premier on June 6 , but when Marshal Philippe P'etain sought a treaty he fled London ad he announced himself in charge of a new Free French movment . In England the Frenchman verified mischievous ally,unsudmissive in his defense of French power and intrests . In1943 after the Allied landing in North Africa , he transferred his headquarters to Algiers, where he lead the French Committee of National Liberation . After the Normandy Invasion the June of 1944 he demanded upon right of the the committee to direct the civilian Administration of all free French territory . He went back to Paris in triumph on August 26, finally setting himself as the symbol of liberated France.
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