Liberation of Paris

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Liberation of Paris
Part of Operation Overlord of World War II
Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees-edit2.jpg
Parisians line the Champs Élysées for a parade conducted by the French 2nd Armored Division on 26 August 1944
Date19–25 August 1944
Location
Paris and outskirts, France

48°52′25″N 2°17′47″E / 48.8735°N 2.29642°E / 48.8735; 2.29642
Result

Allied victory

Belligerents
France GPRF
 • Free France French Resistance
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Nazi Germany
France France
Commanders and leaders
Nazi Germany Dietrich von Choltitz Surrendered
France Joseph Darnand Surrendered
Units involved
Free France FFI
France 2nd Armored Division
 • Spanish Exiles
 • German Exiles and Resistance
United Kingdom 21st Army Group
United States 4th Infantry Division
Nazi Germany 325th Security Division
Milice
Casualties and losses
  • French Resistance:
  • Free French Forces:
    • 130 dead
    • 319 wounded[2]
  • United Kingdom: Unknown
  • United States: Unknown[3]
  • 3,200 dead
  • 12,800 prisoners[1]

The Liberation of Paris (French: Libération de Paris) was a military battle that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the Germans surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944.

Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice on 22 June 1940, after which the Wehrmacht occupied northern and western France.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Libération de Paris [Liberation of Paris]" Archived 19 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in French). (PDF format).
  2. "The Lost Evidence – Liberation of Paris". History.
  3. "Libération de Paris forces américaines" (in French).