french liberation

“A girl of the resistance movement is a member of a patrol to rout out the Germans snipers still left in areas in Paris, France, on August 29, 1944. The girl had killed two Germans in the Paris Fighting two days previously.”

(AP)

U.S. paratroopers of the 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division move through Rue Holgate move towards the crossroads with Route #13 in Carentan, Normandy. 12 June 1944.

The Battle of Carentan was an engagement between US airborne forces and the German Wehrmacht during the Battle of Normandy. The battle took place between 10 and 15 June 1944, on the approaches to and within the city of Carentan, France.

Carentan was defended by the 6th Parachute Regiment, two Ost battalions and remnants of other German forces. The 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division, ordered to reinforce Carentan, was delayed by transport shortages and attacks by Allied aircraft.
The 101st Airborne Division, was ordered to seize Carentan.

Carentan captured, 12 June
At 06:00 Carentan was attacked from the north by 1st/401st GIR and the south by 2nd/506th PIR. Both units
encountered machine gun fire from the rear guard, but the 2nd/506th was also sporadically shelled by artillery to
the south of Carentan. Despite this, both units swiftly cleaned out the rear guard in a short fight near the railway
station and met at 07:30 in the centre of town. The 1st/506th PIR engaged in more serious combat south of town
when it had to rescue Col. Sink’s command post, surrounded because it had pushed too far towards the German
lines in the dark.
In the afternoon both the 506th and 501st advanced southwest but after a mile were stopped by heavy contacts with
new German units including a few tanks. The 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division had intended to counterattack to
retake Carentan, but its assault guns were held up in the assembly areas by Allied air attacks. Instead infantry units
dug in on higher ground below the city and battled the paratroopers until dark. (worldwar2-photofinder.com)

(Colourised by Nikos Hatzitsirou from Greece)

Today 70 000 people were reunited outside to listen to Jean-Luc Mélenchon in Toulouse, the candidate from the far left party. This same candidate that the liberal medias and the supposed socialist government try to discredit instead of warning the people against the fascist party. This is incredible and these medias won’t show you this obviously. I might not be entirely agree with his program but he’s good damn. If he loses like Sanders lost to Clinton, you can be sure that this country will be in deep shit like the US are right now. I don’t think that Le Pen (the nazi scum) will win tho even if she’s the 1st in the polls but if a neo liberal like Macron wins instead (and it’ll happen if Mélenchon lost the 1st round), daaamn you can be sure that she’ll definitely win the next election if there is not a massive protest before that. 

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November 22nd 1890: Charles de Gaulle born

On this day in 1890, French military and political leader Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille. De Gaulle was raised in Paris, and in 1909 enrolled in the prestigious Saint-Cyr military academy. In his first deployment, de Gaulle was commanded by Colonel Philippe Pétain, who would later became famous for his leadership of the collaborationist Vichy regime. De Gaulle served with distinction during the First World War, and was captured during the Battle of Verdun in 1916. After the war, de Gaulle advanced through the ranks to serve on France’s Supreme War Council, and wrote widely about what he perceived to be France’s military weaknesses, largely due to an overreliance on the Maginot Line. After the outbreak of the Second World War, de Gaulle continued to advance professionally, becoming brigadier general and undersecretary for defense and war. However, after France’s invasion by the Nazis in 1940 and the subseqeunt surrender and collaboration of Petain’s regime, de Gaulle fled to England rather than accept France’s capitulation. With support from Prime Minister Winston Churchill, de Gaulle led the Free French movement and a government in exile, urging his countrymen to resist the Nazis and organising colonial soldiers to continue the fight. After liberation in 1944, the popular de Gaulle - who received a hero’s welcome in liberated Paris - became president of the French provisional government. At the war’s close, de Gaulle successfully secured his nation an occupation zone in the defeated Germany and a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council. De Gaulle soon resigned the presidency, however, after his desires for a strong executive were rejected, and retired from politics in 1953. However, as the government crumbled, the famed leader stepped in and became president of the Fifth Republic government in 1959. A dedicated nationalist, President de Gaulle pushed for French independence from the two Cold War superpowers, even withdrawing from NATO in 1966, and asserted French military strength through a nuclear weapons programme. Controversially, he also supported Algerian independence following a series of colonial uprisings. De Gaulle retired in 1969, amid rising protests and calls for reform, and died in November 1970. Charles de Gaulle was mourned as a national hero who, even in the dark days of the Second World War, dedicated himself to the freedom and independence of France.

“Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated! Liberated by itself, liberated by its people with the help of the French armies, with the support and the help of all France, of the France that fights, of the only France, of the real France, of the eternal France!”
- Charles de Gaulle after the liberation of Paris on August 25th 1944