My ancestor was a sailor

Daniel BEGU

Daniel BEGU – 1939

Rene TASTET’s nephew.

Daniel joined the Navy in 1939 as a radio engineer on a warship called “Le Malin” (‘The Cunning’).

After the war, he worked as an aircraft assistant. He became Mayor of Martignas en Jalle, a French town in Bordeaux area.

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René Tastet

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My grand-father René TASTET

French Gendarmerie Nationale

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Christian TASTET

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Captain Christian TASTET reviewing Ivory Coast Gendarmerie – Abidjan 1962
Demonstration of farmers
My father Captain Christian TASTET (center) facing angry farmers (France 1967). Dordogne – France
Char Papi
Lieutenant Christian TASTET (top right)
on his light Chaffee tank
French Gendarmerie in Thionville (east of France)
1955

My family during the war : Rene PETIT

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Rene PETIT
13th Artillery Regiment – France
1918
Rene PETIT has been enlisted in 1918. He was 20 years old.
I have found in his military documents he was registered under recruitment N° 232.
He has been sent to Silesia (former Polish province, one of the main industrial regions of Europe) where French Army had to pacify the area.
His military booklet describes him as dark brown hair, dark blue eyes, straight nose, broad mouth with thick lips, height : 1.67 .M
Regarded as “very committed and reliable”, he has been rewarded for his brave attitude and cold blood during an accident that occurred in October 1918 : a canon has been damaged, he had it fixed with courage and effiency in spite of the violent bombing surrounding them.
Decorations : war cross, fighter cross (1918), Silesia award medal (1921). As a President of Freedom Comittee, Rene PETIT received numerous tributes, one of them from Lieutenant BRADY, american Army officer who freed Bruyeres le Chatel (South of Paris) in 1944.

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My military ancestor World war II

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Nicolas GRAND
Re-enlisted in 1939 in motorized cavalry
Surrounded by his children Margot, François, Nicole
In front of their house Charlemagne Bld in Thionville (east of France) 1940
(GRAND archives)

My mother Nicole remembers :

When I heard the war had been declared, I just sat on the pavement and cried

My military ancestor WW II

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Rene TASTET
French Gendarmerie – Moulins 1927
During world war II in charge of Soustons Gendarmerie (Landes – south west of France)
René TASTET is my grand father.
His 2 sons Christian TASTET (my father) and Armand TASTET (my uncle) followed their father and embraced a military career.
René TASTET has been a resistant.