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Jean Sassi

Jean Sassi
Jean Sassi in 1944
Born 11 June 1917
Tunis, Tunisia
Died 9 January 2009
Eaubonne, France
Allegiance France
Service/branch French Army
Years of service 1938-1971
Rank Colonel
Unit Jedburgh
Force 136
Battles/wars World War II
First Indochina War
Algerian War
Awards Commander of the Légion d'honneur
Croix de guerre 1939-1945
Croix de guerre des théâtres d'opérations extérieures

Jean Sassi (11 June 1917 – 9 January 2009) was a French Army colonel and intelligence service officer, former "Jedburgh" (BCRA) of France and Far East. Commando chief of the SDECE's 11th Shock Parachutist Regiment (11e Régiment Parachutiste de Choc). Maquis chief in French Indochina through the GCMA (1953–1955).

During the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in April 1954 Jean Sassi led Mèo partisans (GCMA) in Operation Condor.

Honours and awards

See also


  • Jean Sassi's obituary (French)

Video archive

  • Jean Sassi and his Hmong troops in Laos, Official video published by the French Ministry of Defense

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