The Companions of the Liberation in the Great War
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The Companions of the Liberation came from very varied social, geographical, religious and generational backgrounds, but between 1940 and 1945, they all fought for a common cause and shared values that form the bedrock of citizenship today. It's a little-known fact that a considerable proportion of them (118 out of 1,038) experienced combat in the First World War, often distinguishing themselves by their courage and sense of duty. Some twenty years later, in a radically different context, they would do so again by volunteering to fight for France, led by their conscience. They thus joined the small minority of people who would form the French Resistance, in the ranks of Free France and the hardship of clandestine combat.
Outdoor exhibition on the pillars of the Main Courtyard, produced by the Museum of the Order of the Liberation and the Musée de l'Armée to mark the Centenary of the Great War.
Curated by: Vincent Giraudier, Historial Charles de Gaulle Department Manager, Musée de l’Armée Vladimir Trouplin, Curator, Museum of the Order of the Liberation Lionel Dardenne, Curator's Assistant, Museum of the Order of the Liberation