Lartéguy, Jean

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Lartéguy, Jean Gender: M
Osty, Lucien
born on 5 September 1920 at 10:15 (= 10:15 AM )
Place Maisons Alfort, France, 48n48, 2e26
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 12°29' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 07°08 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 25°42'


French writer, journalist, and war correspondent.

During the war, Lartéguy fought in Italy, France and Germany. He remained on active duty for seven years until becoming a captain in the reserves in order to enter the field of journalism. Lartéguy received numerous military awards, to include: Légion d'honneur, Croix de guerre 1939-1945, and the Croix de guerre T.O.E.

After his military service, Lartéguy worked as a war correspondent, particularly for the magazine Paris Match. He covered conflicts in Azerbaijan, Korea, Palestine, Indochina, Algeria, and Vietnam.

Several of his book titles were translated into English, with the most successful being his Algerian War series: The Centurions and The Praetorians. The former was adapted into a major motion picture in 1966, entitled Lost Command and starred Anthony Quinn.

With his novel The Centurions, Lartéguy is credited with being the first to envision the 'ticking time bomb' scenario, which has regained relevance in recent debates on the use of torture in a counter-terrorism role. His novels have been read by military professionals, including General David Petraeus, in the new context of modern terrorism.

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  • Work : Prize 1955 (received the Albert Londres Prize for journalism)

Source Notes

Collection Didier Geslain


  • Vocation : Military : Military career
  • Vocation : Travel : Other Travel (journalist/war correspondent)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (war correspondent)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Medals (Légion d'honneur, Croix de guerre 1939-1945, and the Croix de guerre T.O.E.)