|Marsalles facing execution at the hands of the Nazis.|
|Born|| 20 April 1900|
|Died|| 30 March 1940 (Age 39)|
Saint-Marie, Nazi-occupied France
Free French Forces
|Service/branch|| French Army|
|Years of Service||1918-1940|
|Commands Held||Saint-Marie partisans|
|Battles/Wars|| Battle of France|
|Portrayed By||Victoria Breckinridge|
|“||You're lucky you're here at all after that stunt you pulled.||”|
–Jean-Claude Marsalles, to Pierre LeMieux
Jean-Claude Marsalles was a French resistance cell leader during the Nazi occupation of the town of Saint-Marie near Paris, France.
During the First World War, Marsalles eagerly joined the French military immediately upon turning 18, only to see an armistice signed mere months later. Marsalles was angered at not having seen active duty, and continued his military career during peacetime, rising to the rank of captain. When World War II erupted, Marsalles fought with bravery and courage, being awarded a battlefield promotion to lieutenant colonel. He served until the end of the Battle of France, and with the collapse of the French Third Republic and the occupation of northern France by Germany, Marsalles quickly organized an underground resistance movement in Saint-Marie. Marsalles was an experienced and capable leader, although somewhat cautious, which led to frequent disagreements between he and his more headstrong second-in-command Pierre LeMieux.
Upon hearing from Allied intelligence that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were going to be parading through the town of Saint-Marie, Marsalles and LeMieux devised a plan to assassinate the German dictator. The plan took a turn for the worst when fellow partisan Louis Pasbon was later revealed to be a double agent in the employ of the Waffen SS; Pasbon informed the commander of the Saint-Marie garrison, Colonel von Lieder, of the French plans. This resulted in the plan being foiled and in the capture of Marsalles and two other partisans. Despite LeMieux's best efforts, Marsalles was executed on March 30, 1940.