Free France’s Lion

The Life of Philippe Leclerc, de Gaulle’s Greatest General

William Mortimer Moore

'William Mortimer Moore has written a fine biography of Leclerc, who played almost as important a part as De Gaulle himself in restoring French pride in the Second World War'. - Antony Beevor, author of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy 'Superb.
Publication date:
November 2011
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Casemate Publishers
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English
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16 pp illustrations
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Overview
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• Foreword by Martin Windrow, author of The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and The French Defeat in Vietnam

'William Mortimer Moore has written a fine biography of Leclerc, who played almost as important a part as De Gaulle himself in restoring French pride in the Second World War'. – Antony Beevor, author of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy

'Superb. General Leclerc is one of the few authentic French heroes of the Second World War, and in this exhaustively researched and fast-moving account of his extraordinary life, Mortimer Moore does him full justice.' – Professor Saul David, author of Zulu: the Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879

But for his early death, many Frenchmen believe Leclerc would have been their greatest figure to emerge from World War II. De Gaulle himself admitted to his son-in-law that he gave up smoking when Leclerc died, in case France needed him, because Leclerc was no longer there.

From the fall of France until 1943, Leclerc dovetailed his operations with the British effort in North Africa, establishing himself as a dynamic combat leader in the battles against Rommel. But once the conflict shifted to European soil he became even more prominent as the commander of the 2nd French Armored Division. For the next two years he was under the operational control of either Patton's Third Army, Hodges' First Army, at the Westwall, or Patch's Seventh Army in the south. His career not only includes the liberation of Paris, for which he is most famous, but the retaking of Strasbourg and the reduction of the Colmar Pocket.

Aside from a fast-paced narrative covering combat at all levels of command, Leclerc's story will make fascinating reading for any serious student of the full scope of World War II.

REVIEWS

Overall, this is an excellent and enjoyable work, well worth a read for anyone with an interest in broadening his or her knowledge of the Second World War or the life of a very interesting and engaging man.
WarStudies Blog - Birmingham

In the 21st Century, not many remember the man, what he stood for, and what he accomplished. Moore demonstrates conclusively that Leclerc truly served as a lion of Free France. Anyone who mocks the French for lack of fighting spirit would do well to read this book about a fine soldier and his men, and learn a little of history.
stonebooks.com

[The] first full-scale biography in English of the ‘liberator of Paris.' . . .the descriptions of Leclerc's military strategies and tactics are engaging . . .
Publishers Weekly