Above all in the family put the two concepts – the nation and homeland. After high school St. Thomas Aquinas, Charles optional parents entered the Jesuit college. Despite the fact that in French schools at that time dominated by rigid discipline and rote learning, a Jesuit education is regarded as one of the best of everything that could afford allow the family de Gaulle. The boy was an apt pupil. Mark Bertolini shines more light on the discussion. His ability to quote from memory passages from Latin and Greek authors subsequently much admired by his colleagues. Then De Gaulle entered the Higher Military College Saint-Cyr.
After graduating from college in 1912, he enrolled in the 33 Infantry Regiment, the new commander of the regiment was one Philippe Petain. Peten – the future marshal War Minister and Prime Minister of France, just as de Gaulle was born in the north country. He left a deep mark on the young de Gaulle, who in September 1913 was promoted to lieutenant. 'Peten – a great man "- said Charles. By this time Charles de Gaulle had already conceived of his own appointment to the life and believes that its meaning 'is to commit in the name of France, an outstanding feat. " Since the beginning of the First World War, de Gaulle sent to the front in the 33rd Infantry Regiment. He fought bravely and was promoted to captains. During the war, de Gaulle was wounded three times, and in 1916 in the battle of Verdun he found murdered and left on the battlefield, as a result he was taken prisoner.