Liberation!!

On A Raised Beach: Liberation


This weekend sees the 64th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, 24th August 1944. Most people know that the Allies allowed General Leclerc’s Free French forces to head the entry into the city but not so many know that among them was the ‘9ème compagnie de marche du Tchad’ which was made up of exiled Spanish anarcho-syndicalists who had been interned in France at the end of the Civil War [when, as they struggled across the border, a French officer remarked ‘And this rabble calls itself an army!’ and got the response: ‘We held back the fascists for three years. How long will you last?’] Pictured is one of their half-tracks, ‘Guadalajara’, outside the Hotel de Ville. In spite of driving on into the Third Reich and helping to topple Hitler, they did not see the victorious powers topple Franco, who had perhaps already become ‘their son of a bitch’.

See also: Durruti speaks, Italia

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