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Thursday, August 6, 2020

A trip to the last century!

1944: Liberation of Paris

On Aug. 25, 1944, the French 2nd Armored Division and the U.S. 4th Infantry Division liberated Paris from Nazi rule after four years of German occupation. Just before the city was liberated, Adolf Hitler ordered Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz to destroy the city’s landmarks, and burn the city down. The German commander refused to carry out the order. This photo, taken by Jack Downey, shows crowds lining the Champs-Élysées as Allied tanks pass through the Arc de Triomphe.

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