Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain (1856 - 1951) - the French General who went from being "Hero of Verdun" to the "Traitor of Vichy".

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Portrait photo circa 1930s of Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain (1856 - 1951) - the French General who went from being the "Hero of Verdun" to the "Traitor of Vichy". Pétain was acclaimed for his military leadership in WW1, particularly during the Battle of Verdun in 1916, and his reputation helped lead to his appointment as Head of State of Vichy France when Germany defeated the French in 1940 during WW2. Collaboration between the Vichy administration and Germany resulted in Pétain being tried and convicted of treason in 1945 and sentenced to death, a sentence subsequently commuted to life imprisonment. Photo by Harris & Ewing.