Today In History- August 19

Today In History- August 19


Liberation of Paris - Paris rises against German occupation with the help of Allied troops.

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Paris liberated from Nazi occupation after successful Allied landing.

  • Paris, France

Just months after the successful Normandy invasion of June 1944, on August 19, 1944, the French capital of Paris was finally liberated from Nazi rule.  The intense fighting from Allied forces occurred throughout Northern France, as the German army abandoned strategic coastal defenses and resorted to armed guerilla opposition in the countryside.  The triumphant entry of Allied troops into Paris signaled the end of nearly four years of occupation, and asserted the weakening of Nazi influence in Western Europe.

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