Paul Ely (December 17, 1897 – January 16, 1975) was a French General and former Chief of the Defence Staff.

Early life and education

He was the son of Henri Ely, a civil servant and Therese (née Coste). He attended the Lycée de Best.

Personal life

Army career

Ely attended the Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr and was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1919. He was promoted to captain in 1930 and then commandant in 1938. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Free French forces in 1942 and full colonel in 1944. In 1946 he was promoted to general. [1]


Post Indochina

Ely was appointed as the first Chief of the Defence Staff and served in this role from August 1953 to June 1954, March 1956 to May 1958 and from June 1958 until February 1959. Ely retired from the Army in 1961.

Later life

Ely died on January 16, 1975.

Awards and honors

See also


  1. ^ Corfield, Justin (2013). Historical Dictionary of Ho Chi Minh City. Anthem Press. p. 100. ISBN 9780857282354.