Liberation celebrations, Descartes, 1944


Here’s a fascinating photo of the liberation celebrations of Descartes in on a sunny autumn day in September 1944.

The population of Descartes at the time was about 1,500 and it seems that up to a half of them were in the town square to celebrate.

The resistance against Nazi occupation was well organised in the district as the Conte-Freslon and, among other actions, on 31st August 1944 the Forces Françaises  de l’Intérieur  (F.F.I.) blew up the town’s bridge, Pont Henri IV,  on the Vienne/Buxeuill side of the Creuse. Naturally, the local resistance fighters were represented in the Liberation celebrations and you can see that they are still operational and carrying their weapons.

Descartes_1944_LOC_fsa_8e02720 Americans and local resistance members children guns and child

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About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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One Response to Liberation celebrations, Descartes, 1944

  1. Really their finest hour…

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