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France: Paris celebrates 75th anniversary of liberation from Nazis with parade

2 25.08.2019 Инфо

W/S Tank and motorcycle driving past, Paris
M/S Willy MB truck driving behind tank
M/S Parisians wearing 1940s clothes dancing on the street and waving French flags
W/S Statue of Geneal Philippe Leclerc and memorial
SOT, Alexandre, member of the Free France Paratroopers family association (French): "It is a great passion [to maintain these vehicles] since I was very small it has become like a second life. These vehicles have an enormous importance because it is a duty of memory especially, a duty to maintain the memory of our elderley [Veterans] to today's polpulation".
M/S Wheel of motorcycle and Tank treads moving past
M/S Liberation re-enactors shouting (French): "Long live Leclerc!" "Long live the general!"
W/S Military motorcycles and truck driving past
W/S Willy MB truck driving with United States flag
SOT, Harold Angle, United States World War Two veteran: "I was here in Paris on VE day, I happened to have a pass to come into Paris and that was when they announced victory in Europe. And, at that time people went into the streets dancing in a very jovial mood, everybody happy that they had their freedom back. The Nazis were gone and it was just a happy time for the French people."
W/S Eiffel Tower
W/S French flag being hoisted under Eiffel Tower
W/S French flag hoisted under Eiffel Tower
M/S Man hoisting French flag
M/S Military vehicles driving past
M/S Military truck driving past
W/S People walking on Avenue General Leclerc and man carrying French flag
SCRIPT
The city of Paris marked 75 years since its liberation from Nazi forces in World War II with a Freedom Parade on Sunday.
Flag carrying Parisians came out onto the streets in 1940s period costumes as tanks and military vehicles rolled through the French capital to re-create the route taken by Allied forces, led by French General Philippe Leclerc, to liberate the city in August 1944.
Paris firefighters gathered at the Eiffel tower and a French flag was raised underneath to commemorate the actions of Lucien Sarniguet, a firefighter who climbed the tower amidst gunfire to raise the tricolour and mark the liberation of Paris in 1944.
"I was here in Paris on VE day, I happened to have a pass to come into Paris and that was when they announced victory in Europe. And, at that time people went into the streets dancing in a very jovial mood, everybody happy that they had their freedom back," Harry Angle, a WWII veteran from the US said at the parade.
The battle to liberate Paris took place from August 19, 1944 until August 25, 1944 when Nazi forces finally surrendered. Some 600 Parisians, 130 Allied soldiers and nearly 1,000 French Resistance fighters were killed in the fighting.