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In France, an American officer and a French Resistance fighter are seen engaged in a street battle with German occupation forces during the days of liberation, August 1944, in an unknown city.

In France, an American officer and a French Resistance fighter are seen engaged in a street battle with German occupation forces during the days of liberation, August 1944, in an unknown city.

Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier (1912-1996) was a member of the resistance until 1942 when she was arrested, and sent first to Birkenau on 24 Jan 1943, then Ravensbruck. Marie-Claude remained at Ravensbruck even after the war, caring for the sick until the last POW left. Her powerful testimony at Nuremberg was devastating to the defence. Afterward, she slowly walked past the Nazis, looked each one in the eye, effectively unnerving them. Most bowed their heads; others, unrepentant, did not.

Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier (1912-1996) was a member of the resistance until 1942 when she was arrested, and sent first to Birkenau on 24 Jan 1943, then Ravensbruck. Marie-Claude remained at Ravensbruck even after the war, caring for the sick until the last POW left. Her powerful testimony at Nuremberg was devastating to the defence. Afterward, she slowly walked past the Nazis, looked each one in the eye, effectively unnerving them. Most bowed their heads; others, unrepentant, did not.

Infantry manning a sandbagged defensive position near El Alamein, 17 July 1942.

Infantry manning a sandbagged defensive position near El Alamein, 17 July 1942.

kolwezi 1978 | ZAIRE KOLWEZI LEGION ETRANGERE 11e DP 2e REP PARACHUTISTE 1978 TAP ...

kolwezi 1978 | ZAIRE KOLWEZI LEGION ETRANGERE 11e DP 2e REP PARACHUTISTE 1978 TAP ...

German Panzer II and Panzer I light tanks in a town in Denmark, Apr 1940. (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-754-051N-23)

[Photo] German Panzer II and Panzer I light tanks in a town in Denmark, Apr 1940

German Panzer II and Panzer I light tanks in a town in Denmark, Apr 1940. (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-754-051N-23)

Eliane Plewman, Croix de Guerre, KCBC (1917-1944). Born in Marseilles, France. Joined SOE in 1943, parachuted into France in 1943. Courier, Monk Circuit. Cover Identity Eliane Jacqueline Prunier, codenames Gaby, Dean, Madame Dupont. Arrested in 1944, interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo in Marseilles, sent to Fresnes Prison, and then to Karlsruhe. Later she was transferred to Dachau, where she was executed on 13th September 1944. She was 26.

Eliane Plewman, Croix de Guerre, KCBC (1917-1944). Born in Marseilles, France. Joined SOE in 1943, parachuted into France in 1943. Courier, Monk Circuit. Cover Identity Eliane Jacqueline Prunier, codenames Gaby, Dean, Madame Dupont. Arrested in 1944, interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo in Marseilles, sent to Fresnes Prison, and then to Karlsruhe. Later she was transferred to Dachau, where she was executed on 13th September 1944. She was 26.

French Resistance

French Resistance

Melissa Stockwell is a retired US Army First Lieutenant.  she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She subsequently became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics and competed in swimming.  She works as a prosthetist and has been on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project since 2005.

Melissa Stockwell is a retired US Army First Lieutenant. she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She subsequently became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics and competed in swimming. She works as a prosthetist and has been on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project since 2005.

King Tiger II. The Tiger II Or the King Tiger tank was produced sometime around 1944. But only a few of these were produced. 500 King Tigers were produced during the war.

King Tiger II. The Tiger II Or the King Tiger tank was produced sometime around 1944. But only a few of these were produced. 500 King Tigers were produced during the war.

French Resistance group during a parachute drop at the "col du Crucifix", 1944, #WW2, France. Collection Serge Coupé

French Resistance group during a parachute drop at the "col du Crucifix", 1944, #WW2, France. Collection Serge Coupé

✪ 23 year old German soldier Manfred Pernass, is about to die at the hands of US forces at Henri-Chapelle on 23-12-1944. He, Oberfähnrich  Günther Billing and Gefreiter Wilhelm Schmidt were captured wearing US uniforms for Operation Greif ("Griffin"). They were all executed. Their Waffen-SS commander, Otto Skorzeny, would,  after the war, also be charged but acquitted. Their (non-combat) use of enemy uniforms ended up being considered a legitimate ruse by the tribunal.

✪ 23 year old German soldier Manfred Pernass, is about to die at the hands of US forces at Henri-Chapelle on 23-12-1944. He, Oberfähnrich Günther Billing and Gefreiter Wilhelm Schmidt were captured wearing US uniforms for Operation Greif ("Griffin"). They were all executed. Their Waffen-SS commander, Otto Skorzeny, would, after the war, also be charged but acquitted. Their (non-combat) use of enemy uniforms ended up being considered a legitimate ruse by the tribunal.

Flapper

Flapper

Hvidstengruppen indsamler nedkastet ammunition fra englænderne.

Hvidstengruppen indsamler nedkastet ammunition fra englænderne.

19-25 août 1944 - Libération de Paris et 2ème Division blindée française.

19-25 août 1944 - Libération de Paris et 2ème Division blindée française.

Des résistants communiquent des informations aux parachutistes américains, à Eindhoven, en Hollande, en septembre 1944

Des résistants communiquent des informations aux parachutistes américains, à Eindhoven, en Hollande, en septembre 1944