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French pilot of Normandie Niemen

Article about: Hello, here is a rare group from a French pilot of the famous Normandy Niemen squadron. The pilot was Jacques Bagnere, here awarded by Général De Gaulle. The Order of Great patriotic war is

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    you're right, some contemporary historians are trying to restore the truth about the fighting spirit of French fighter pilots : 680 German planes shot down from may to june 1940, and 650 french Planes destroyed during combats in the Sky. But immediatly after the defeat in june 1940 the fascist regim of Vichy had decided to repeat that french left wing government (socialist and communiste unified in the "Front of the people") had disorganized the army and refused its modernization before the war. This is totally wrong but it avoids criticizing military doctrine that was more archaic than the equipment. De Gaulle said the doctrine of the armoured troops were archaic , the doctrine of the french aviation was archaic too. But pilot and mecanics were brave!

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    Quote by massenez View Post

    I am not sure but except these letters and translations added on the last page , both books contain the same text named "ДОРОГОЙ ДРУТ!", "Dear friend". One text is signed by about 30 mecanics /vétérans, the second texte is sign by only 15 vétérans. I suppose that the texts were signed during two different ceremonies. that could explain there are fewer signatures on one version . Some veterans are they dead? Who knows?
    I think that the ceremony took place in the USSR which explains the limited number of these pilots .

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    Very nice group indeed, to be maintained and preserved for sure

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    True heroes, every single last one... because not only the military thinking was archaic, but diplomacy had been a huge failure also (they probably knew they were fighting a losing battle from the start). A few of Europe's major powers could have turned on Hitler long before they were ready for war, but for a combination of reasons they didn't. France went from the Versailles treaty in 1919 to annihilation and occupation just 21 years later, almost unheard of in modern history. But then again Germany shortly thereafter went from the most powerful nation in the Europe to near total destruction in half that time...

    Tumultuous times.

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