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Historical figures

They were soldiers, civilians, resistance fighters, political figures, well-known people or everyday heroes. Whether they distinguished themselves for good or for bad, the historical figures of the Second World War do not leave indifferent. Find their portraits in this section.

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At Omaha Beach, Florent Plana pays tribute to the Bedford Boys. Behind the scenes of the shoot

At Omaha Beach, Florent Plana pays tribute to the Bedford Boys. Behind the scenes of the shoot

Tourist guide passionate about the Second World War, Florent Plana is currently making a film scheduled for release in June 2022. Known for his interviews with veterans, he has a special link with Omaha Beach, on which have some scenes of the future film were shot. Before getting a preview at the Normandy Victory Museum next summer, take a look behind the scenes with us.

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The hedgerow Hell, one of the Greatest Battles in History

The hedgerow Hell, one of the Greatest Battles in History

The summer of 1944 witnessed terrible clashes between the US military and the German army in Normandy. For 11 weeks, in the Cotentin, then in the center and in the south of the Manche, the American army, led by General Eisenhower, fought hard against the troops of the Reich. The staff’s objective is to liberate Normandy and move towards Brittany and Mayenne, then towards eastern France. Sadly, nothing is going to turn out the way the Allies expected.

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Lee Miller, the model, the woman and the war

Lee Miller, the model, the woman and the war

Muse of the greatest artists of her time, Lee Miller embodied the feminine ideal of the 1930s. During the war, she proved to be an outstanding reporter at the time of the liberation of the camps. Photographing the enemy seems liberating for this bruised woman whose life and work are still intimately linked.

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June 17, 1940, in La Manche …

June 17, 1940, in La Manche …

As the 7th German division commanded by Rommel, inexorably advances towards Cherbourg and as the war draws near to La Manche, a handful of diehards cling to the lines of defense in Le Cotentin and try to halt the dazzling advance of the enemy.

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