Paris Back to the Past
Paris Back to the Past. Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov has done a very interesting historical project. He combined modern Paris and Paris of 1940 in one photo. By the beginning of June 1940 the main forces of the French army had been broken or cut off to the north. The Road to Paris for German troops was open. July 14, 1940 the – German army entered Paris. The years of occupation began. The military governor, General Henri Fernand Denz declared Paris an “open city”, and German troops entered without fighting.
Paris, 1940. Montmartre. Paris, 2010
There is a story according to which Hitler could not climb the Eiffel Tower, as the elevators were broken by French.
Liberation of Paris. Summer, 1944. The Red Army liberated Belarus, fought for Poland. Landed in Normandy on 6 June allies are moving to the east. American command’s plans were not the immediate release of Paris, they eagered to Germany. Without waiting for the Americans on 18 August, 1944 the French Resistance fighters in Paris uprisinged. With extensive experience in the uprisings and revolutions, people went to the barricades of Paris.
The uprising spread to the entire city, the Germans entrenched in the strongholds provide increased resistance, which finally managed to break with the approach of General Leclerc tank corps of troops fought in France, led by De Gaulle. Thus, August 24 Paris was liberated by the French themselves. On the streets of Paris came a crowd of enthusiastic residents to meet their liberators.
And Paris helped to liberate Russian people from the former prisoners who participated in the Resistance, who also took part in the parade.