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Fighting France

The Free French Forces from 1940 to 1945

‘Fighting France’ temporary exhibit can be visited at the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Eglise. It follows the heroic path of French soldiers during the Second World War, from France’s entry into the war in 1939 until the armistice was signed in May 1945.

After the defeat of the Battle of France in June 1940, the French Army became the Armistice Army. Under the leadership of Marshal Pétain, the French Army was nevertheless under the control of the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler. In response to this ultimate humiliation, another France, which didn’t want and could not submit to the Nazi yoke, was taking shape: the Free France, impulsed from London by General De Gaulle.

From 1940 to 1945, from the Desert of Libya to the steep mountains of Austria, you will accompany the extraordinary destiny of these French fighters, whether they were sailors, airmen, or soldiers of the Free French forces.

Fighting France

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