Men of the French Resistance begin to move throughout Toulouse in this striking image. They’re ready to take on not only the German garrison, but also the French collaborators of the Vichy regime as they try to liberate the city. And though there’s a lot happening in one photo, there’s something about one man’s bare legs and intense stare directly into the camera. Though it’s clear he hasn’t prepared or been trained, the determination coming off of him is palpable and captivating, a reminder of the ordinary men who were willing to give so much in the face of such grave danger.
Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, France.
19 August 1944.
Image taken by Jean Dieuzaide.