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"Order of Liberation Museum." Top 5 Page for this destination Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération Tip by breughel

  Appel du 18 juin 1940.
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  • Appel du 18 juin 1940. - Paris
      Appel du 18 juin 1940.
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  • Wireless telegraph used by the Resistance. - Paris
      Wireless telegraph used by the Resistance.
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This museum is housed in a wing of the Invalides. It will interest all those who want to know more about the Free French Forces, the Resistance, the Order of Liberation (a gallery and 6 rooms on the ground floor) and the Deportation (first floor) during WW II.

The free French Forces were formed in the UK after the Appeal of General de Gaulle on 18/06/1940. Volunteers, escaped from occupied France, formed companies, battalions and finally two divisions: the 1st Free French Division and the 2nd Armoured Division (which liberated Paris) as well as Free French Naval Forces, Free French AirForce with the famous Normandy-Niemen Fighter Squadron (fighting with the Russians), the Commandos.

The Order of Liberation was instituted by the General de Gaulle in 1940 to reward men, towns and fighting units who had distinguished themselves in the fight to liberate France and her Empire. The insignia of the Order, the prestigious Cross of Liberation, was awarded to only 1038 men and women, 5 towns and 18 fighting units. They carry the rank of "Compagnon de la Libération".
The Commemoration Room is devoted to General de Gaulle and General Leclerc

The Resistance within France, the "Maquis" are illustrated in the gallery. Among the great figures stands Jean Moulin.

The Deportation is illustrated by a number of objects from concentration and extermination camps.

Address: Invalides
Directions: Near Avenue de Tourville
Phone: +33 1 45 51 47 92 (Fax)

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