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ww2dbaseHenri-Fernand Dentz graduated from the academy in 1910. In WW1, he worked closely with General PellĂ©, and after the war he transferred to French colony of Syria in the Middle East. He was recalled to France to lead forces that failed to stop the German invasion. He remained in France and served for the Vichy government, which appointed him as the high commissioner of Lebanon. His reign of the region only lasted until 14 Jul 1941 after the 40,000 troops failed to stop the invasion by British and Commonwealth troops, despite receiving air support from the German Luftwaffe. The armistice was signed at San Juan de Acre.
ww2dbaseAfter the war, he was sentence to death for collaborating with Nazi Germany; it was later communed to a life sentence. He passed away in Fresnes prison in 1945.
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