La Résistance française ~ The Maquis - Guerrilla Warfare. The French Resistance played a vital part in aiding the Allies to success in Western Europe - especially leading up to D-Day in June 1944. The French Resistance supplied the Allies with vital intelligence reports as well as doing a huge amount of work to disrupt the German supply and communication lines within France. ~   No glorification, no heroism, just history. by Amsterdam Today via flickr

CAVEAT: This is not a genuine wartime image of the French Resistance in action. Instead, it is a modern color digital photograph of a Dutch re-enactment group taken in Ymuiden, Holland (March

Parisian-rebel Simone Segouin, also known by her nom de guerre “Nicole”, with a German submachine gun MP-40. She killed an unknown number of Germans and captured 25. She was present at the fall of Chartres, on August 23, 1944, and liberation of Paris. She was promoted to lieutenant, and awarded the Croix de guerre.

Simone Segouin, also known by her nom de guerre Nicole Minet, (born October 1925 Thivars, Eure-et-Loir) was a French resistance fighter, in the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans group.


Women in War

Image detail for -. partisans patrolling Milan - 1945 - by Miss Magnolia Thunderpussy

Exhausted French Resistance fighter, Paris, 1944.  They were all so very young and were all so very old once the war ended in 1944...all seen on their faces and in their eyes....

Robert Doisneau The Liberation of Paris: Armed Resistance Member Behind a Barricade 1944

WW2 French resistance poster

history-museum: “The Francs-tireurs et Partisans Français Have Shed their Blood for the People of Paris” [Communist French Resistance,

Josephine Baker in her World War II Uniform, c. 1945

During World War II, Josephine served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement.

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her.

Another hero of the French Resistance during World War II and decorated for saving the lives of U.S. soldiers shot down behind enemy lines was Micheline Blum-Picard. Only eighteen-years-old when she first became involved in the Resistance, Blum-Picard started by carrying messages taped to her back and then progressed to photographing inside factories damaged by bombing raids  By D-Day, however, she was carrying a rifle, a pistol, and a hand grenade wherever she went.

One of the many women who played a vital part in the French Resistance during World War II. (can we say HERO)

Robert Doisneau. Paris 1944 French Resistance. Place Saint-Michel (During the Liberation)

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Robert Doisneau Resistance Member, Place Saint-Michel, Paris, During the Liberation of the City 1944

"Anthropologist Germaine Tillion was a commander in the French Resistance network of Musée de l'Homme in Paris. Her missions included helping prisoners escape and organising intelligence for allied forces. Betrayed by a priest, she was sent to Ravensbrück, with her mother. In 1973, she published Ravensbruck, detailing both her experiences as well as her research into the functioning of the camps, movements of prisoners, administrative operations and crimes committed by the SS."

Caroline's friend anthropologist Germaine Tillion, a commander in the French Resistance network, arrested and sent to Ravensbruck.

JUL 25 1944 French Resistance hunted down by the Germans A German picture of Resistance fighters who were executed near Lantilly in May 1944.

Resistants shot in Lantilly, Burgundy, France. After March written orders issued by Marshall Keitel ordered to immedialtely execute resistants without military trial. Any suspicious man could be killed.

US Army lieutenant and French resistance fighter take cover behind car as they try to neutralize German snipers during the liberation of Paris, 1944.

An American officer and a French partisan crouch behind an auto during a street fight in a French city, ca. (The American Officer in this picture looks just like my Dad.

Nancy Wake - Known as "The White Mouse" to Nazi agents, Wake was one of the most notorious members of the French Resistance, working on numerous sabotage operations and organizing more than 700 Resistance members into a guerilla fighting force. She was the Gestapo's most wanted spy, with a five-million-franc bounty on her head, and she once killed an SS sentry with her bare hands to prevent him from raising an alarm. A true hero.

Nancy Wake - Known as "The White Mouse" to Nazi agents, Wake was working on…

Member of the French resistance with German tunic and thompson machine gun by Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, via Flickr

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