- Starts: 24/08/2019 6:00 pm
- Ends: 24/08/2019 7:00 pm
Come and pay tribute to La Nueve Company, this part of the 2nd Armoured Division composed mostly of Spanish Republicans, which was the first to enter the French capital.
The 9th Company of the march regiment of Chad, called La Nueve, was composed of 160 men including 146 Republicans Spanish. Attached to Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division, and under the command of Captain Raymond Dronne, the men of La Nueve will be the first to enter Paris and reach the City Hall during this commemoration.
The public ceremony held in their honour will take place on Saturday, August 24 at 6:00 pm, at the entrance of the Garden of La Nueve fighters.
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.
A statue of General Charles de Gaulle stands near the Champs Elysées in Paris, France. During the Second World War, the German forces in Paris surrendered on August 25, 1944. The next day de Gaulle paraded on the Champs-Elysées.
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!
Discover a life-size fresco in Paris’ 13th arrondissement in honor of the fighters from La Nueve, the first soldiers of the 2nd Armoured Division to enter the city on August 24, 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.