- Starts: 25/08/2019 5:30 pm
- Ends: 25/08/2019 5:45 pm
On August 25, 1944, at 4 pm, General von Choltitz, German military governor of greater Paris, signed the surrender of the German troops. 75 years later, a small ceremony is held in commemoration of this significant event in the history of the Liberation of Paris.
After signing the surrender convention in front of Leclerc at the police headquarters, von Choltitz was led to the Montparnasse station where Leclerc’s command post was located. He signed about twenty cease-fire orders at all German resistance points. Leclerc also agreed that Colonel Rol appends his signature on one of the two surrender conventions, hence recognizing the role of the FFI in the Liberation of Paris.
The ceremony will be simple and sober, marked by wreath laying by the attending authorities.
The liberation of Paris didn’t have Allied priority, but an uprising of the population against the Germans on 19 August made it necessary. Thus the 2nd French Armoured Division was sent to Paris and entered the city on 24 August. On 26 August a huge triumphal parade was held on the Champs-Élysées.
During the liberation of Paris on 25 August 1944, general Leclerc, commander of the 2nd French Armoured Division, set up his command post in Montparnasse train station. Here the surrender of the German troops was proclaimed. A museum above the train station keeps the memory of the liberation alive.
Dressed with a 1940s’ outfit or not, take part in a life-size parade with military and civilian vehicles of the time and walk in the footsteps of General Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division which entered Paris on August 25, 1944!
Come and pay tribute to these young resistance fighters who were shot less than ten days before the Liberation of Paris. On August 16, 1944, 35 resistance fighters were shot in the Bois de Boulogne after being trapped by the German intelligence services.