Maxime Wegand Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

Drukuj otwiera się w nowej karcie

Maxime Weygand, (born 1867 – died 1965)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw from 23 August 1920.

WW I veteran. From November 1917 he was a member of the High Military Council, and from March 1918 head of the General Staff. Between 1920 and 1922 the head of a Military Mission in Poland responsible for training and supplying the Polish Armed Forces.
He took part in the Battle of Warsaw and the fighting off of the Red Army, serving as the military advisor in Marshal Piłsudski’s staff. From 1923 the commanding officer of French armed forces in the Middle East and the high commissioner in France, Syria, and Lebanon. From 1939 the commanding officer of the "Lewant" Army. On 19 May 1940 he was appointed the Head Leader of the French Armed Forces and Allied forces in France. Between June and September of 1940 he was the Minister of Defence in the Vichy government. From autumn 1940 the delegate of Philippe Pétain and the Head Commanding Officer of French armed forces in South Africa. In November 1942 he was arrested by the Germans and deported to Germany, where he was held as a prisoner of war. He was released in 1945  and put on trial after the war. Rehabilitated in 1948.
The title of the Honorary Citizen of Warsaw was a sign of gratitude for his help and a recognition of his talents as a general.