Hen·ri Phi·lippe O·mer [ahn-reefee-leepaw-mer], /ɑ̃ˈri fiˈlip ɔˈmɛr/, 1856–1951, marshal of France: premier of the Vichy government 1940–44.
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How to use Pétain in a sentence
While Roosevelt gambled on Pétain, the British supported de Gaulle, who had arrived in London after the fall of France.The chaos of France’s defeat, and the thrill of its liberation | Julian Jackson | November 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Things did not go so well with Marshal Petain later, in the Vichy Republic.
Francois Hollande should say, like Marshal Petain at Verdun,They shall not pass… gas.
General Petain was the man made famous by his splendid defense of Verdun and he was a popular hero with the soldiers.Fighting in France | Ross Kay
Major Villier and General Petain both said that the dispatches should be delivered as soon as possible, didn't they?Fighting in France | Ross Kay
Shortly afterwards the boys found themselves face to face with General Petain.
He had met him once by mere chance, but he hardly believed General Petain would remember him in the least.
As it is utterly out of the question for him to report in person, he has adopted this way of getting his news to General Petain.
British Dictionary definitions for Pétain
Henri Philippe Omer (ɑ̃ri filip ɔmɛr). 1856–1951, French marshal, noted for his victory at Verdun (1916) in World War I and his leadership of the pro-Nazi government of unoccupied France at Vichy (1940–44); imprisoned for treason (1945)
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