Badge of the Deuxième D.B.

7. The Liberation of Paris. (23 Aug - 8 Sept 1944)

© Copyright 2000 Gaston Eve


General note:
The purpose of Captain Dronne's advance force was to immediately enter Paris whilst avoiding the Germans to urgently secure a central location in the heart of the city. This was to reassure the civilian population that there would be no repeat of what had happened in Warsaw a couple of weeks earlier, anticipating liberation, the Warsaw's population rose up, the liberating forces halted and the civilians were massacred and city razed to the ground. However, being such a small task force at the heart of a city occupied by some 25,000 German troops was a fairly risky proposition. In the meantime the rest of the Deuxieme Division Blindée and the American 4th Infantry Division continued to fight their way into the city against well prepared defences, a fight that eventually cost the 2ème DB 78 dead and 300 wounded.


22 Août un homme joue la Marseillaise dans la Rue Edgar Poe.
Early morning 22 August 1944, a man plays the Marseillaise in public in Rue Edgar Poe. Picture: Odette Eve.
Montmirail crew, L'Hotel de Ville. L-R Gaston Eve, Marc Casanova, Etienne Florkowski, Paul Lhopital, Louis Michard (34kb)
Montmirail crew at L'Hôtel de Ville (Paris city hall). L-R Gaston Eve, Marc Casanova (wounded), Etienne Florkowski, Paul Lhopital, Lt Louis Michard.
Les RMT de la Nueva à l'Hôtel de Ville.
RMT troops of "la Nueva" at l'Hôtel de Ville.
Louis Michard meets his old companions from the Mission Etrangère (130kb)
Early morning 25th August 1944. Lt Louis Michard reunites with friends from the Mission Etrangère.
25 August 1944, Lutzen in combat on the junction Boulevard Saint Michel - Place de la Sorbonne.' (58kb)
"25 August 1944, Lutzen and Iéna in combat on the junction Boulevard Saint Michel - Place de la Sorbonne. Lutzen's Marcel Guénan talks with an RMT soldier. Also notice smashed bookshop windows at back."
25 August 1944, Gaston and Odette first meet on the Place de la Sorbonne.
25 August 1944, Gaston and Odette first meet on the Place de la Sorbonne.
Austerlitz garde le Boulevard St. Michel.
Austerlitz on guard in the Boulevard St. Michel.
Montmirail, Bois de Boulogne.
Montmirail, Bois de Boulogne. On tank Mme Gandon and Louis Michard. Standing L-R Gaston Eve, Odette Lampin, Paul Lhopital, Marc Casanova, M. Gandon, Etienne Florkowski and Sergent Georges Commeinhes.