French Military

While in captivity, he tried to escape five times, but to no avail. In captivity, he studied German, taught himself Russian to French prisoners of war, he worked in a library, lectures, which later formed the basis of his book "Discord among the enemy." The striking irony: one of his "pupils" in captivity was next red Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky … In 1919, in the French military mission was sent to Poland and took part in the Polish-Soviet war. After the war, in 1921, the former commander of the recollected a former slave, held on resumption of relations with the former commander of Henri Philippe Petain – now a marshal and the hero of France. In May 1922, Charles de Gaulle passed his exams and was enrolled in the Higher Military School.

After graduating from the Higher Military School in 1925, Petain took de Gaulle in his personal staff, he was assigned to study the questions of future military action (in the long term) and consider the general problem of military philosophy. In December 1927, de Gaulle was promoted to rank and position of battalion commander and went to Trier, Germany, whose western bank of the Rhine under the Versailles peace treaty was under the control of the French armed forces. De Gaulle immediately proceeded to the combat training battalion, and set strict discipline. At the same time he is a father watching the lives of their subordinates. It is true that the higher orders of commanders he performed with great reluctance and difficulty taking criticism from them.