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.
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