The layers to this image are incredible. As a backdrop, there’s the stunning architecture of Notre Dame, which creates a sense of eyes from above and bellow. But in the foreground, a woman waves the French flag as a tribute to General Leclerc’s 2nd Armored Division as they march past Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisian police surround her and onlookers crane their necks, but she seems to take no notice. The French Resistance began an uprising in Paris on August 19, 1944 — brought on by French and American forces nearing the city. The French 2nd Armored Division, along with the military structure of the French Resistance, and the U.S. 4th Infantry Division, had managed to largely liberate Paris from the German occupying forces by August 1944 — with this photo being taken about 10 months later.
Paris, Île-de-France, France.
25 June 1945.