A Soldier Speaks To Two Teenagers After The Liberation Of Paris

It’s hard to imagine the enormity of the Liberation of Paris, such a major city suddenly reopened and revived. Here you can see a French soldier of General Leclerc’s French 2nd Armored Division, talking with two teenagers. You can see the look of admiration and gratitude as they speak to the soldier. The liberation was undoubtedly hard-won. First, the French Forces of the Interior rose against German garrison as the U.S. Third Army approached. Over the following days, the troops worked tirelessly. Finally, Dietrich von Cholitz, commander of the German garrison and the military governor of Paris, surrendered to the French at the Hôtel Meurice and General Charles de Gaulle arrived to assume control of the city as head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic. While thousands lost their lives, the Liberation of Paris was a tremendous victory — though fighting continued in other areas of France.

Liberation of Paris

Paris, Île-de-France, France.

August 1944.

Credit: Anti-Worlds