On Aug. 24, 1944, the first French and U.S. armored tanks entered Paris, after a week of intense fighting with German soldiers — effectively freeing the capital from Nazi occupation.

The next day, General Charles de Gaulle, who had been heading the French government-in-exile from London, made his impassioned "Paris Libéré !" speech from the Hôtel de Ville, roared on by a large crowd.

It would take another nine months for Allied Forces to finally defeat Germany and put an end to World War II.

The Joy of Liberated Paris (© Richard Boyer)


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