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Instagram photo by ww2nowandthenDe Gaulle is leading a victory parade during the liberation of Paris. The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris) was a military action that took place during World War II from August 19, 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on August 25, 1944. Parishad been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armisticeon June 22, 1940, after which the Wehrmacht occupied northern and western France. The liberation began when the French Forces of the Interior—the military structure of theFrench Resistance—staged an uprising against the German garrison upon the approach of the US Third Army, led by General George Patton. On the night of August 24, elements of General Philippe Leclerc's 2nd French Armored Division (the Régiment de marche du Tchad, a mechanized infantry unit led by Captain Raymond Dronne and composed primarily of exiled Spanish republicans), made its way into Paris and arrived at the Hôtel de Ville shortly before midnight. The next morning, August 25, the bulk of the 2nd Armored Division and US 4th Infantry Division entered the city. Dietrich von Choltitz, commander of the German garrison and the military governor of Paris, surrendered to the French at the Hôtel Meurice, the newly established French headquarters, while General Charles de Gaullearrived to assume control of the city as head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic. ------------------------------------------------ #ww2 #worldwar2 #war #history #army #travel #travelgram #travelingram   #travelstagram #wanderlust #photography #instatravel #travelphotography #nowandthen #battle #soldiers #follow #picoftheday #trip #like #instagood #beautiful #military #explore #unitedstates #usa #american #paris

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