Death of Theodore Gerard, companion Liberation gunner Bir Hakeim

Theodore Gerard in 2008.

Gerard Theodore companion Liberation and former artillery officer at Bir Hakeim (Libya), where he was severely wounded there seventy years, 8 June 1942, died Sunday, June 10 at Paris in age of 91 years, do we learned from Fred Moore, Chancellor of the Order.

After his death, there are only 26 Companions of the Liberation of a total of 1036. The former Minister Robert Galley, great figure Gaullist, a Companion of the Liberation, died Friday at Troyes at the age of 91 years.


Born in Paris November 28, 1920, Gerard Theodore had joined the Free French Forces (FFL) in London in July 1940. Assigned to the artillery, he participated in the campaigns of Dakar, Eritrea, Syria and Libya.

Promoted aspirant, he took part in the campaign in Libya to free the 1st French Brigade General Koenig. Officer shooting Bir Hakeim, he had his left leg torn off by an exploding German shell June 8, 1942, before leaving the position with the entire brigade on the night of June 10 to 11, 1942.

Already weakened, he had testified in a documentary film on Bir Hakeim, which aired Wednesday on France 3. Theodore Gerard was a grand officer of the Legion of Honour, Companion of the Liberation since September 1942 and Croix de Guerre 39/45 with three quotes.

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