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"Dernier. My people were resisting the Nazi occupiers in Marseilles."
―Jacques Dernier[src]

Jacques Dernier was a member of the French Resistance who went on to join the Howling Commandos during World War II, serving as the team's explosives expert.

Biography

French Resistance

After living in Marseille, Jacques Dernier joined the French Resistance when World War II began and France was occupied by German forces.

Eventually, Dernier was captured by the Germans and sent to work at the HYDRA weapons facility in the Austrian Alps. In October 1943, he met other Allied POWs: Bucky Barnes, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, and James Montgomery Falsworth.[2] With their help, Dernier was able to mix chemicals to corrode machinery and cause an accident that killed HYDRA Colonel Lohmer. However, Dernier and the others had their rations withheld from them for a week.[1] Dugan provoked a fight with Dernier when he jokingly said that the French never tried to defend Paris against the Germans.[2]

Howling Commandos

HYDRA Assault Rifle

Dernier during his escape from HYDRA

In November 1943, when Captain America single-handedly assaulted the facility in which he was prisoner, Dernier, along with his companions, broke free and wreaked havoc on the HYDRA agents. Dernier teamed up with Jim Morita and took a HYDRA gun which was powered by the Tesseract; it proved to be incredibly powerful and helped them escape. Dernier joined with the other POW's and eventually arrived back to United States military base in Italy.

Shortly after their break-out, Dernier and his comrades were invited to join a special operations unit led by Rogers himself. Dernier, after a brief conversation in French with Gabe Jones, happily accepted. Along with the other Commandos, Dernier took part in many assaults against HYDRA, until the end of the War. During one assault, Dernier single-handedly destroyed a HYDRA Mini Tank by running into its oncoming path and placing a bomb under its manifold. He stood in the road and watched as it exploded, turning to the other Commandos as if it was easy.[3]

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Trivia

  • In the comics, Dernier was referred to as "Frenchie". This could be his nickname in the movie, just like Dum Dum, or Bucky.
  • His year of birth makes him the oldest member of the original Howling Commandos.

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