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"Do you know anything about guns? Every healthy young man loves guns."
Sergeant DeMille[src]

Jean DeMille was a French soldier, from Garonne, who served in the 2nd Army under General Robert Nivelle at the Battle of Verdun during World War I. He was assigned to the artillery units, and enjoyed maintaining the smaller guns.


In September 1916, Sergeant DeMille was busy oiling a small artillery gun at his station near Verdun, and talking lovingly to the weapon, when a curious Belgian courier got too close, and caused DeMille to drop his oil can. DeMille introduced himself to Henri Defense (Indiana Jones) and showed Defense around the artillery area, including the massive rail-mounted howitzers. He also described the top German gun, Big Bertha and impressed on Defense its lethality. When Defense received the ammunition order from the area's commander, DeMille went back to his duties.

Behind the scenesEdit

Patrick Floersheim played the role of Sergeant Jean in the episode "Verdun, September 1916" of the The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, though in the episode, he mentions his full name as Jean DeMille.

In The Day of Destiny, DeMille mentions that he is from Cannes instead of Garonne.


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