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- 01 -302018

« A dedicated life »: introduction

As heroes of the Second World War, the Companions of the Liberation were awarded the highest French decoration by General de Gaulle for their part in the Resistance between 1940 and 1945: the Cross of the Liberation. Out of the 1,038 men and women and 18 military units who earned the distinction, 121 (around 12% of the total) were also involved in the War of 1914-1918, and therefore fought in both of the conflicts that shook the world in the 20th century.

Twenty years after being plunged into the hell of the Great War, they volunteered to fight Nazism. In their continued effort to defend the Nation, they experienced what General de Gaulle called “the Thirty Years War”.

Through 25 examples, this exhibition shows the diverse range of weapons and situations of the infantryman, aviator, cavalryman, doctor, artilleryman and marine. Its aim is to remind us of the exceptional stories of those who fought in both World Wars and their “life of engagement”, the principles of which laid the foundations of civic life as we know it today.

This exhibition was produced by the Musée de l’Armée and the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Vincent Giraudier (musée de l’Armée),
Vladimir Trouplin, Lionel Dardenne, (musée de l’ordre de la Libération)

Picture selection
Béatrice Parrain et Matthieu Rinck (musée de l’ordre de la Libération)

Graphic design
Pôle web et multimédia (musée de l’Armée)

Agence Atenao

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