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On 26 JanuaryTrinquier asked for early retirement from the army into the reserve. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Trinquier returned to France in Januarybeing promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assigned to the staff of General Gilles trinquuier, commander of the airborne troops. On 12 Decemberafter thirty airborne operations and numerous ground operations, Trinquier and the battalion embarked on Pasteur, a French transport ship, and returned to France.

In his view terrorists should tinquier treated as soldiers, albeit with the qualification that while they may attack civilian targets and wear no uniform, they also must be tortured for the very specific purpose of betraying their organization.

Roger Trinquier was born on 20 March in La Beaumea small village in the Hautes-Alpes department, to a peasant family. He is forced to flee the Katangese capital after helping Secessionists win the first round of geurre against UNO joderne. Leading the battalion in combat in central Annam and the area around Saigon, he became aware of the inefficiency of the operations launched by the French high command and proposed to General Pierre Boyer de Latour du Moulinthe commander of the French forces in southern Vietnam, a new approach to pacifying areas with strong Viet Minh presence.

He was also a counter-insurgency theorist, mainly with his book Modern Warfare. In the longer term the debate on the tactics used, particularly torture, would lz in the French press for decades to come with the trial of Paul Aussaresses.

Roger Trinquier

Retrieved from ” https: Trinquier’s troops occupied the terrain and laid ambushes against the Viet Minh at night instead of the normal policy of taking a few positions, where refuge could be taken at night and then reopening the roads in the morning.

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Algeria, — He returned to France in the summer ofcharged with the responsibility of recruiting and training volunteers for a colonial parachute battalion that was being formed for combat in Indochina against the Viet Minh.


He then took command of a French outpost at Chi Ma on the Chinese border. By modrene this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He served in the French concessions in Chinafirst in Tianjinthen Beijing and finally Shanghai in January pa, while stationed there he also learned Chinese. The character of Julien Boisfeuras in the novels The Centurions and The Praetorians by Jean Larteguy was according to Larteguy not based on anyone, but believed by many to be at least partially inspired by Trinquier and Paul Aussaresses. After modrne brief stay in France as grinquier director to the airborne school, Trinquier returned to Algeria in March to take over command of the 3rd Colonial Parachute Regiment, soon to be the 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regimentwhen its commanding officer, Marcel Bigeardwas recalled to France.

Trinquier is a theorist on the style of warfare he called Modern Warfarean “interlocking system of actions — political, economic, psychological, military — which aims at the guefre of the established authority in a country and its replacement by another regime.

In retirement he devoted himself to viniculture and writing about his career gyerre experiences. He took command of the battalion when its commander, Major Dupuis, was killed in action on 9 Septemberand was promoted to Major on 1 October.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Trinquier took over gufrre command of the GCMA in early and directed the trinquirr behind Viet Minh lines, creating a maquis in the Tonkinese upper region and in Laos, totaling around 30, men. Promoted to captain he commanded a company of the French military detachment there until 3 January under circumstance that had until become increasingly difficult during the Japanese invasion and occupation of large parts of China.

He arrived at Saigon in early and was assigned to Commando Ponchardier, a combined army and navy commando unit named after its commander Captain Pierre Ponchardier. In the short run these tactics resulted in a decisive victory in the Battle of Algiers.

He was critical of the traditional army’s inability to adapt to this new kind of warfare.

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In Marchhe handed over the command of the regiment to Louis Bonnigal and in July, took command of the El Milia sector in Constantine department. Retrieved on 11 February February Learn how and when to remove this template message. After some time with the 4th Senegalese Tirailleur Regiment at Toulon, he embarked on a ship bound for Indochina on 11 May Trinquier’s criteria for torture was that the terrorist was to be asked only questions that related to the organization of his movement, that the interrogators must know what to ask, and that once the information is obtained the torture must stop and the terrorist is then treated as any other prisoner of war.


Trinquier’s maquis contributed to the successful evacuation of the fortified airhead at Na Sanin Augustand the reoccupation of the Phong Saly and Sam Neua provinces.

He now joined the colonial infantry. He was recalled to France in July and in December assigned to Nice and the staff of the general commanding that group of sub-divisions.

Trinquier was also its first president from tobefore stepping down for General Jean Gracieux. Trinquier only stayed a few weeks in Congo before being thrown out by the United Nations.

This article needs additional citations for verification. These tactics included the use of small and mobile commando teams, torture, the setting-up of self-defense forces recruited in the local population, and their forced relocation in camps, as well as psychological and educational operations. He argued that it was immoral to treat terrorists as criminals, and to hold them criminally liable for their acts.

Views Read Edit View history. Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: See Chapter 4 of Modern Warfare. He became a member of the committee for public safety formed by Generals Massu and Salan during the May crisiswhich brought Charles de Gaulle back to power; Trinquier resigned from the committee on 11 June and returned to his regiment. This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat