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Limoges To Pay VE Day Tribute To ex-SOE Agent Robert Maloubier

Limoges To Pay VE Day Tribute To ex-SOE Agent Robert Maloubier

Limoges is to pay its own special VE Day tribute on Saturday afternoon (May 09) to a highly decorated former SOE agent Bob Maloubier who died at his home in Houilles, north of Paris on April 20th, aged 92. In a funeral oration on April 29 at the Invalides (the burial place in Paris for France’s war heroes and notably […]

Dunkirk – 75th Anniversary of Largest Evacuation in Military History

Dunkirk – 75th Anniversary of Largest Evacuation in Military History

France and the many other countries that fought as allies against the Nazi onslaught in World War II, are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the largest evacuation effort in military history with a series of Operation Dynamo-related events at Dunkirk in May 2015. The Dunkirk Little Ships Association (ADLS) has announced that to mark the anniversary of the Battle of […]

The Great War 1914-1918: New International Memorial Opening at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

The Great War 1914-1918: New International Memorial Opening at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

A new International Memorial of the 1914-1918 Great War is to be inaugurated at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month — Armistice Day — at a ceremony attended by French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The Ring of Remembrance monument at  Notre-Dame-de-Lorette will be […]

Var Uproar Over Last Minutes Changes to Venue for WWII Commemorations

Var Uproar Over Last Minutes Changes to Venue for WWII Commemorations

A political row is blazing in Provence where last minute changes to plans to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Allied landings in southern France have angered locals who unfailingly remember the events each year. Throwing a damper on the particularly important WWII remembrance ceremonies this year is, “a cynical need for a photo-op by France’s […]

Outbreak of WW1 Was 100 Years Ago – French Centenary Mission Keeps Memory Flame Alive

Outbreak of WW1 Was 100 Years Ago – French Centenary Mission Keeps Memory Flame Alive

July 28 1914 — one hundred years ago — saw the outbreak of the Great War. Over a four-year period ending in 2018, France, along with all other nations caught up in that terrible conflict, have joined hands in commemorating those who were sacrificed. As London’s Financial Times reports: “France was to lose 1.4m soldiers in the war, touching almost every […]

Vandals Violate Memory of Battle of Verdun, Defile Markers Along La Voie Sacrée

Vandals Violate Memory of Battle of Verdun, Defile Markers Along La Voie Sacrée

Vandals have defiled four commemoration markers on the 54km Voie Sacrée, that runs from Bar-le-Duc to Verdun, and is sacred to the memory of the 1.5 million Frenchmen who died in the most horrific conflagration in modern European history. The desecration comes as “The Great War Remembered” or “1418Remembered”, the joint European project designed as […]

70th Anniversary of the Allied Landings in the South of France , The Forgotten Campaign

70th Anniversary of the Allied Landings in the South of France ,   The Forgotten Campaign

As the world remembers the great sacrifices of those who perished in two appalling World Wars, Anita Rieu-Sicart draws attention to an overlooked commemoration, that of Operation Dragoon- the Allied landings in the South of France. “OPERATION DRAGOON” – The Forgotten Campaign! by Anita Rieu-Sicart, Editor, VAR VILLAGE VOICE This summer will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Allied landings in […]

100 Years On and Mine-clearers are Still Tackling the Deadly WWI Legacy in France

100 Years On and Mine-clearers are Still Tackling the Deadly WWI Legacy in France

Hartmannswiller (France) (AFP) 5/12/2014 4:38:48 AM Frederick Florin/AFP/File Mine clearance experts hold unexploded WWI munition found on the battlefield of the Vieil Armand in Hartmannswiller, in the Vosges mountains on April 9, 2014 At the foot of the Vosges mountain range in northeastern France, a key battleground during World War I, a mine-clearance team is cautiously […]

The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy – Full Programme Here

The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy – Full Programme Here

From June 5th to August 21st 2014, Normandy will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, a time of national and international contemplation and communion. According to the official site of the commemorations: “Traditionally, annual commemorations of the Landings of June 6th 1944 have always been major events for Basse-Normandie […]

The D-Day Tattoo de la Liberté 2014

The D-Day Tattoo de la Liberté 2014

A Tattoo de la Liberté will be the musical highlight of the international festival of military music that is part of the June D-Day commemorations in France this year.  The event will feature some 500 musicians from nine countries including the US, UK, France, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, the Netherlands and Norway. As part of the 70th […]

Tracking 11,400 Children Deported in Holocaust

Tracking 11,400 Children Deported in Holocaust

100 years after the start of the Great War and as France and other nations focus on remembering the sacrifice, death and devastation of two World Wars, a French historian has published a record of more than 11,400 children, the Nazis transported east, mainly to Auschwitz. Jean-Luc Pinol created the map using data collected by […]

Europe’s Great Powers and ‘Suicidal’ War

Europe’s Great Powers and ‘Suicidal’ War

Europe’s great powers and the ‘suicidal’ war (via AFP) On the eve of World War I, Europe’s great powers ruled the globe, their scientists, engineers and artists at the peak of innovation. Yet in 1914, the Old Continent plunged into a war of unprecedented violence, dragging half the planet in its wake. The…  

Dakotas over Normandy Chocks Away….

Dakotas over Normandy Chocks Away….

For the 70th commemoration of the D-Day invasion of June 2014, a Parachuting Team is mobilising military style logistics to assemble as many airworthy Douglas C-47 Dakota’s it can find, at Cherbourg airport in France, as French News Online reported earlier. Plans to fly Dakotas over Normandy  (Credit DaksoverNormandy) Now the organisers of Daks Over […]

Commemorations in 2014 of Two World Wars

Commemorations in 2014 of Two World Wars

France has launched the Grande Collecte as part of a global four-year commemoration of the centenary of the Great War (1914-1918) and the 70th anniversary of Normandy landings that in 1944 finally brought defeat to Hitler and the Nazis. The official French government website dedicated to the “The Great War Remembered“ puts it this way: ”The First World War saw two countries, France and Germany fight each other […]

‘Crimes Odieux’ – How Paris Fared in WWl

‘Crimes Odieux’ – How Paris Fared in WWl

Through the ages, Paris has been a battleground in many conflicts, from the Siege and the Commune to the First World War.  Now, as the world prepares to commemorate the centenary of the Great War,  Philippa Campsie  scans the rather sparse literature on Paris in that war to unearth some fascinating insights. Republished from hereby kind permission of […]

Englishwoman’s Hidden Life in Wartime France

Englishwoman’s Hidden Life in Wartime France

The French among many other wartime nations, have launched a national effort to collect, digitalise and preserve, images, papers and personal memorabilia from the two World Wars that ravaged Europe last century. Aptly illustrating the vital importance of such primary sources, prize-winning British novelist, biographer and journalist Nicholas Shakespeare —  writing here exclusively for French News Online readers — describes how, poking […]

Memorial – Dakotas to Fly Over Normandy

Memorial – Dakotas to Fly Over Normandy

On June 2014 it will be exactly 70 years since the largest military invasion in history took place. On D-Day,  6th of June 1944, in almost 7,000 ships, the Allied armies transported over 160,000 young men to the beaches of Normandy in France, to liberate Europe from the Nazis. This invasion was preceded by the […]

Forgotten Massacres of Summer 1944

Forgotten Massacres of Summer 1944

As the German president and his French counterpart paid an historic visit of reconciliation to Oradour, the headline in Liberation, the leftwing Paris paper, reminded readers of the significance of the event:  “Oradour-sur-Glane, village martyr de la barbarie nazie“.  As the videos below show it was the feared German elite SS division Das Reich ordered to move up from […]

Australian Army’s Single Bloodiest Day of War

Australian Army’s Single Bloodiest Day of War

What is described as “the single bloodiest day in the history of the Australian Army” and one of Australia’s greatest 20th century tragedies, took place at Fromelles (Northern France) on the 19 and 20 July 1916. In 2014 two significant anniversaries will take place in Europe: 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War […]

The Great War Remembered

The Great War Remembered

More than 60 million served and more than 16 million died in World War I as the armies of the Triple Entente –Britain, France and the Russian Empire  joined forces against the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary in a “war to end all wars.”   That fervent hope failed to materialise however —the Great War was not the war […]

Storming the D-Day Beaches — 69 Years On

Storming the D-Day Beaches — 69 Years On

As survivors of perhaps the most critical western European battle of World War II grow thin on the ground, France has unveiled two new commemorative sites to keep the memory of twin European catastrophes alive.   At Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, an important Huguenot centre of French Resistance during World War II,  a new museum was opened Monday June 3 2013. […]

Verdun 1916 – “Places that Died For France”

Verdun 1916 – “Places that Died For France”

It was at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, that the Armistice was signed at Compiégne in France and with it came a fervent hope that the “War to end all Wars” would bring lasting peace to Europe. “The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with […]

Alsace and Limousin Still Daggers Drawn

Alsace and Limousin Still Daggers Drawn

The French regions of Alsace and Limousin remain unreconciled over Nazi War atrocities at Oradour-sur-Glane a state of affairs some believe will only end when the last war survivors pass on. Passions were again inflamed recently when the Court of Appeal at Colmar sentenced Oradour-sur-Glane survivor and author Robert Hébras, 87, to a symbolic one […]

Deep Australian Link to Villers-Bretonneux

Deep Australian Link to Villers-Bretonneux

Just outside Villers-Bretonneux stands the National Memorial in remembrance of all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the 1914-1918 World War and especially those of the dead whose graves are unknown. Here Wendy Hollands, an Australian writer living in France, records the powerful impression on her of a recent visit to the war cemetery– […]

OSS – Maquis “So the Memory Never Dies”

OSS – Maquis “So the Memory Never Dies”

Some 67 years after the event a plaque commemorating the sabotage of a viaduct near Souillac in the Lot Department (46), by American commandos and the French Resistance, has been unveiled. . The pictures above tell some of the story. The sabotage prevented the Nazis from moving their armoured trains that were circulating and harassing […]

De Gaulle: 40 Years On, France still Widowed

De Gaulle: 40 Years On, France still Widowed

Stunned crowds on the streets of Paris that cold November day 40 years ago, watched in dismay and disbelief while TV screens in local cafes relayed the sombre words: “General De Gaulle is dead, France is a widow”. The words as spoken by his successor Georges Pompidou, in a voice heavy with grief, were: “Le général de Gaulle est mort. La France […]

So the Memory Never Dies, American OSS Agents and Operation Emily Summer 1944

So the Memory Never Dies, American OSS Agents and Operation Emily Summer 1944

In the summer of 1944, two days after D-Day, a group of American OSS agents were parachuted into the remote Cantal département, to perform sabotage against the German Das Reich troops on route to Normandy and to assist the Maquis in the Lot with arms, training and much needed moral support. Ceremony at the monument […]

The Hiller Story – a Tale of Liberation July 1944, by Rudi Lea

The Hiller Story – a Tale of Liberation July 1944, by Rudi Lea

READ ALSO: Parachutes Over Quercy – Seventy years Ago on July 14 1944 Skies Darkened Above Loubressac A Tale of Derring-do, WWII and the Lot So the Memory Never Dies, American OSS Agents and Operation Emily Summer 1944 In the hamlet of Magnagues “Well done!” Judith said as I managed to park the car in a […]

Parachutes Over Quercy – Seventy years Ago on July 14 1944 Skies Darkened Above Loubressac

Parachutes Over Quercy – Seventy years Ago on July 14 1944 Skies Darkened Above Loubressac

July 14 1944 and the skies above Loubressac, Lot (dept 46), high on the heavily forested Causse in Quercy, are dark with parachutes and filled with the drone of USAAF transports and fighter planes in one of the allies’ largest ever arms drops to the maquis – the Free French resistance in southwest France. “American […]

A Tale of Derring-do, WWII and the Lot

A Tale of Derring-do, WWII and the Lot

What do Dönitz, David Coleman, the Count de La Pérouse and Waldheim have in common? Read on. When he was featured in the WWll photo above after the surrender of Großadmiral Karl Dönitz’s aide-de-camp, David Coleman was a long way from imagining he and his French wife Elisabeth would one day own a home in […]

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