- Starts: 25/08/2019 3:00 pm
- Ends: 25/08/2019 3:30 pm
Just like every year, a tribute ceremony to General Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division who liberated Paris will be organised in the presence of municipal and national authorities.
The 2nd Armoured Division is set up in 1943 by General Leclerc. Composed of French, North African and foreign volunteers, the 2nd Armoured Division consisted of 13,000 men on August 1, 1944 when it landed in Normandy. It was also the first allied unit to enter Paris on 24 and 25 August 1944. The Division then continued its route towards Strasbourg and Germany.
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.
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!
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.