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André Georges Corap (15 January 1878 – 15 August 1953) was a General in the French Army who fought in World War II. He commanded the 9th Army during the battle of France in 1940.

André Georges Corap
Born(1878-01-15)15 January 1878
Pont Audemer, Normandy
Died15 August 1953(1953-08-15) (aged 75)
AllegianceFlag of France.svg France
Service/branchFrench Army
Years of service1898-1940
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldNinth Army (France)
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
*Battle of France
AwardsCommander of the Légion d'honneur

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Early lifeEdit

Corap was born in Pont Audemer, Normandy. His father was a tailor.

Military careerEdit

In 1898 he graduated from École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr and joined the French Army. He commanded colonial troops in Algeria and Morocco. In 1905, he was admitted to the Collège interarmées de défense.

First World WarEdit

In 1914, he was a captain in the Zouaves. He spent most of the war working as a staff officer for Generals Foch and Petain.[citation needed]

InterwarEdit

He fought in the Rif War, capturing the leader of the insurgents, Abd el-Krim.[citation needed]

Corap was promoted to Brigadier General in 1929 and Major General in 1933. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1935 and given command of 2nd Military Division in 1937.

World War IIEdit

In 1939, at the outbreak of war, he was given command of the 9th Army. The 9th Army was placed to cover the Ardennes during the German Blitzkrieg in 1940. Corap was held responsible for the German breakthrough by the French high command and relieved from his post on 19 May 1940. He was retired into the reserves on 1 July 1940.

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