François Sevez
François Sevez was a French general during World War II
World War II
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. Sevez was present at the German surrender in Rheims, and signed the German Instrument of Surrender as the official witness.

Military career

At the end of the First World War he had attained the rank of Captain, and received the Légion d'honneur
Légion d'honneur
The Legion of Honour, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honour is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul of the Consulat which succeeded to the First Republic, on 19 May 1802...

 in 1918 after being wounded seven times.

During early part of the Second World War, he fought in Belgium
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. Captured and held prisoner, he was repatriated in 1941 and was named the Chief of Staff to General Juin. He fought in the Tunisian campaign as a brigadier General in 1942, and took command of the 4th Moroccan Mountain Division in September 1943, participating in the Italian campaign
Italian Campaign (World War II)
The Italian Campaign of World War II was the name of Allied operations in and around Italy, from 1943 to the end of the war in Europe. Joint Allied Forces Headquarters AFHQ was operationally responsible for all Allied land forces in the Mediterranean theatre, and it planned and commanded the...

 as well as the liberation of Alsace in 1944. In October 1944, he joined General de Monsabert
Joseph de Goislard de Monsabert
Joseph de Goislard de Monsabert , was a French general who served during the Second World War....

 as a commander of the French Army reserve destined to occupy Germany.

In Rheims, on 7 May 1945, acting in his capacity as General Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle
Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first President from 1959 to 1969....

's chief of staff, he signed the German Instrument of Surrender as the official witness, in the presence of General Alfred Jodl
Alfred Jodl
Alfred Josef Ferdinand Jodl was a German military commander, attaining the position of Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command during World War II, acting as deputy to Wilhelm Keitel...

 and General Walter B. Smith
Walter Bedell Smith
Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith was a senior United States Army general who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff at Allied Forces Headquarters during the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Italy...

, the chief of staff of U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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He died following a hunting accident near Offenburg
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, hit by another hunter's bullet that had ricocheted off the thick skin of a wild boar. He was buried temporarily in a chapel in Baden-Baden
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