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On This Day 1944:Paris Is Liberated as Germans Surrender

Offbeat  (tags: On This Day, WW2, Nazi Germany, military, War, Conflict )

- 1301 days ago -
After four years under German occupation, Paris is now free.


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Veronique L (209)
Tuesday August 25, 2015, 1:28 am
Thanks for posting, Ray!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday August 25, 2015, 2:57 am
In Context
Once the Allies, under General Dwight D Eisenhower, had landed in France in June, many groups of Parisian workers went on strike as they sensed the Allied approach.

An uprising began on 19 August and young Frenchmen built barricades and shot at German soldiers. Raoul Nordling, the Swedish Consul General to Paris arranged a ceasefire and also persuaded General Choltitz to disobey Hitler's orders to destroy the French capital.

General Eisenhower was reluctant to march on Paris and engage his forces in running street battles, but he finally relented and allowed General Leclerc's 2nd Armoured Division to enter the city first.

The day after liberation General de Gaulle led a parade down the Champs Elysees with General Leclerc all the way to Notre Dame. He braved sporadic sniper fire inside the cathedral itself from pockets of German resistance that remained.

Colonel Rol's real name was Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, a Communist leader of the Resistance in Paris. His signature appears alongside Leclerc's on the German surrender document to recognise the Resistance's efforts.

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Tuesday August 25, 2015, 8:57 am
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Tuesday August 25, 2015, 9:17 am
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