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Border resistance war museum

Belfort is located on the strategically important 
natural route between the
Rhine and the Rhône.


All these twin towns are accessible overland departing from the Gare de Belfort.

This was an escape route from Occupied France in World War Two: 
United Kingdom Belfort ~ Morvillars ~ Delle ~ Boncourt ~ Porrentruy ~
Delémont
 Belfort ~ Morvillars ~ Delle ~ Boncourt ~ Porrentruy ~ Delémont

For wartime refugees the border of Delle and Boncourt
on the way to Delémont meant life and an escape
from death in Nazi occupied France...


... the Delle and Boncourt
wartime border resistance museum.

Translated by Google: 
Article from Militaria Helvetica
www.militariahelvetica.ch/sjo/documents/Belot-Passeurs-JU.pdf

The battle of the Frontiers (WW I)

The Nazi German conquest
of France and Delle

Vichy France and occupied France

German occupation of Delle
and France in world war II

The 
French resistance

 Switzerland during the wars and
support for refugees in Boncourt


The Normandy Landings

The 
Liberation of Paris, France and Delle
 

Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees-edit2.jpg
Parisians line the Champs Élysées as the French 2e DB tanks
and half tracks pass before the Arc de Triomphe on 26 August 1945

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Follow the path of the Liberators
from Portsmouth D-Day museum.
1944 NormandyLST.jpg
The D-Day Museum was opened in 1984 to commemorate the 40th anniversary
of D-Day. Its centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery, a tribute to
the sacrifice and heroism of those who took part in Operation Overlord.

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Travel overland from Britain through
formerly occupied France to Switzerland... 
Portsmouth ~ Sword beach ~ Caen
Paris ~ Belfort ~ Delle ~ Boncourt
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The role of the French resistance

The French Resistance (French; La Résistance française) is the name used to denote the collection of French resistance movements that fought against the Nazi German occupation of France and against the collaborationist Vichy régime during World War II. Résistance cells were small groups of armed men and women (called the Maquis in rural areas),[2][3] who, in addition to their guerrilla warfare activities, were also publishers of underground newspapers, providers of first-hand intelligence information, and maintainers of escape networks that helped Allied soldiers and airmen trapped behind enemy lines. The men and women of the Résistance came from all economic levels and political leanings of the French society, including émigrés: from conservative Roman Catholics (including priests), from the Jewish community, and from the ranks of liberals, anarchists, and communists.

The French Résistance played a significant role in facilitating the Allies' rapid advance through France following the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, and the lesser-known invasion of Provence on 15 August, by providing military intelligence on the German defenses known as the Atlantic Wall and on Wehrmacht deployments and orders of battle. The Résistance also planned, coordinated, and executed acts of sabotage on the electrical power grid, transportation facilities, and telecommunications networks.[4][5] It was also politically and morally important to France, both during the German occupation and for decades afterward, because it provided the country with an inspiring example of the patriotic fulfillment of a national imperative, countering an existential threat to French nationhood. The actions of the Résistance stood in marked contrast to the collaboration of the regime installed at Vichy.[6][7]After the landings in Normandy and Provence, the paramilitary components of the Résistance were organized more formally, into a hierarchy of operational units known, collectively, as the French Forces of the Interior (FFI). Estimated to have a strength of 100,000 in June 1944, the FFI grew rapidly, doubling by the following month, and reaching approximately 400,000 by October of that year.[8] Although the amalgamation of the FFI was, in some cases, fraught with political difficulties, it was ultimately successful, and it allowed France to rebuild a reasonably large army (1.2 million men) by VE Day which came in May 1945.[9]
Three men, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill, sitting together elbow to elbow
"The Big Three": Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and
Winston Churchill meeting at the Tehran Conference in 1943.

The flags of the "big three" allied liberators of Europe.
American, Britain and the Soviet Union.

British soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day
parade in Moscow on Sunday, May 10 2010. Troops from four NATO
states crossed Red Square for the first time
as Russia marked victory
in World War II with the biggest military parade
since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Photo: Alexander Nemenov.

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