Thought for the day

"The first panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permeant ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." -- Ernest Hemingway

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On August 25, French general Philippe Leclerc triumphantly entered the liberated French capital. Pockets of German dogma remained, but Paris was free from German control. Two days earlier, a French armored division had begun advancing on the capital.

 

Members of the Resistance, now called the Interior French Legion, proceeded to free all French civilian prisoners in Paris. The Germans were still counterattacking, setting fire to the Grand Palace, which the Resistance had taken over, and killing small groups of Resistance fighters as they encountered them in the city.

 

On 24 August, another French armored division entered Paris from the south, receiving an influx of gratitude from French citizens, who took to the streets to greet their heroes—but still, the Germans pushed through from behind the barricades. The French continued to fire at fighters, often capturing civilians. in firing.

 

More than 500 resistance fighters as well as 127 civilians died in the struggle for Paris. Once the city was liberated from German rule, French allies were often executed without trial when captured.

 

Although Paris was liberated, heavy fighting was still going on in the rest of France. Large parts of the country were still captured after the successful Operation Dragoon in southern France, which stretched from 15 August to 14 September 1944 in the south-west region of the Vosges Mountains. Fighting continued in Alsace and Lorraine in eastern France. From 1944 to early 1945.