A Sherman tank convoy in the Leclerc Division. Photo: Basse-Normandie Regional Council / National Archives USA

A Sherman tank convoy in the Leclerc Division. Photo: Basse-Normandie Regional Council / National Archives USA

Senegalese troops of the Free French forces at the time of the inspection by General Leclerc in Tunisia, during World War II. Photograph taken on 19 May 1943 by M D Elias.  Photo credit National Library of New Zealand.

Senegalese troops of the Free French forces at the time of the inspection by General Leclerc in Tunisia, during World War II. Photograph taken on 19 May 1943 by M D Elias. Photo credit National Library of New Zealand.

Guerre 1939-1945. Libération de Paris. Le général Leclerc (1902-1947) sur la place de l'Etoile. Août 1944. Photographie de Roger Berson.

Guerre 1939-1945. Libération de Paris. Le général Leclerc (1902-1947) sur la place de l'Etoile. Août 1944. Photographie de Roger Berson.

On the morning of the 8th of May 1945 (approx 10.00) twelve French SS troops belonging to the 33rd Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" (French No. l) surrendered without a fight to American troops in Bavaria, who immediately handed them over to 2ème Division Blindée de les Forces François Libres (2nd Free French Armoured Division) under General Leclerc.

On the morning of the 8th of May 1945 (approx 10.00) twelve French SS troops belonging to the 33rd Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" (French No. l) surrendered without a fight to American troops in Bavaria, who immediately handed them over to 2ème Division Blindée de les Forces François Libres (2nd Free French Armoured Division) under General Leclerc.

Charles De Gaulle con el General Leclerc y otros oficiales en la estación de ferrocarril de Montparnasse,París, 1944.

Charles De Gaulle con el General Leclerc y otros oficiales en la estación de ferrocarril de Montparnasse,París, 1944.

French Resistance fighters march alongside tanks of General Leclerc's 2nd (French) Armoured Division following the liberation of Paris, August 1944. Note that the Resistance file includes two Paris Agents de Police in uniform.

French Resistance fighters march alongside tanks of General Leclerc's 2nd (French) Armoured Division following the liberation of Paris, August 1944. Note that the Resistance file includes two Paris Agents de Police in uniform.

Paris. 25th August 1944. The French liberation Forces of the 2nd Armored Division were headed by General Leclerc, he is seen here entering Paris upon the liberation//Robert Capa

Paris. 25th August 1944. The French liberation Forces of the 2nd Armored Division were headed by General Leclerc, he is seen here entering Paris upon the liberation//Robert Capa

Captured soldiers of the French Waffen SS Charlemagne division are presented to Free French Forces General LeClerc in Berlin. All were shot afterwards. They should've been given a break since they only fought against the Soviets.

Captured soldiers of the French Waffen SS Charlemagne division are presented to Free French Forces General LeClerc in Berlin. All were shot afterwards. They should've been given a break since they only fought against the Soviets.

General Leclerc arrives on "Utah beach"

General Leclerc arrives on "Utah beach"

Le général Leclerc, commandant de la 2è DB et son état-major sont accueillis à leur arrivée sur la plage d'Utah Beach par le Maj. Gen. Walton H. Walker, commandant du XX US Corps.

Le général Leclerc, commandant de la 2è DB et son état-major sont accueillis à leur arrivée sur la plage d'Utah Beach par le Maj. Gen. Walton H. Walker, commandant du XX US Corps.

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