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Gaston Brire de l'Isle (24 June 1827 - 19 June 1897) was a French
Army general who achieved distinction firstly as Governor of
Senegal (1876-81), and then as general-in-chief of the Tonkin
Expeditionary Corps during the Sino- French War (August 1884-April
1885). Louis Briere de l'Isle was born on 4 June 1827 in
Martinique. In 1847 he graduated from Saint-Cyr and was made Sous
lieutenant in the Troupes de marine, promoted to lieutenant in 1852
and captain in 1856. In the French colonial campaign in French
Indochina, he was served as adjudant major du rgiment de marine
(1859-1860). Stationed in Cochinchine from 1861 to 1866. In 1861 he
received a citation in the ordre de l'arme for combat at the
February Battle of K Ha, just west of Saigon.
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