Philippe Pétain
Historical Figure
Nationality: France
Date of Birth: 1856
Date of Death: 1951
Cause of Death: Dementia
Occupation: Soldier, Politician
Spouse: Eugénie Hardon
Children: None acknowledged
Military Branch: French Army (World War I)
Political Office(s): Chief of the French State,
Deputy PM of France,
Prime Minister of France
Fictional Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance;
Upsetting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Political Office(s): Chief of the French State

Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Pétain (24 April 1856 – 23 July 1951) was a French general who holds the distinction of being seen as one of his country's great heroes and one of its villains. For his superior leadership and efforts to modernize the French Army during World War I, Pétain was made Marshal of France in November 1918. However, he did little to modernize the military during the interwar period. After France fell to Germany during World War II, Petain became Chief of State of the collaborationist government of Vichy France (Chef de l'État Français), a position he held from 1940 to 1944. After the war, he was tried for treason and originally sentenced to death. However, Chairman Charles de Gaulle, in acknowledgment both of Pétain's World War I service and his old age, commuted his sentence to life in prison. He died in 1951 at the age of 95.

Philippe Pétain in Worldwar[]

Philippe Pétain was the de jure head of state of Vichy France when the Race invaded Earth in 1942. While Pétain made his resources available to his patron, Germany[1], when the Race first arrived, he temporarily switched his allegiance to the Lizards proper when they gained the upper hand for a time.[2] After the Peace of Cairo in 1944, Germany began to directly administer the whole of France.[3]

Literary comment[]

Petain's final fate is never revealed.


  1. See, In the Balance, generally.
  2. Upsetting the Balance, pg. 356.
  3. See, Colonization map.