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French civilians watching regimental colors being transferred onto ships bound for French Algeria, La Canebière, Marseille, 15 Sep 1940

Caption   French civilians watching regimental colors being transferred onto ships bound for French Algeria, La Canebière, Marseille, 15 Sep 1940 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   208-PP-10A-3
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 15 Sep 1940
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 22 Oct 2006

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. fabio says:
20 Nov 2008 02:45:07 PM

this is one of the most emotional photos i ever seen in my life! this site is amazing! thank u !
2. Anonymous says:
6 Apr 2011 11:14:08 AM

heart breakingly sad! I hope this man lived to see his country liberated.
3. Anonymous says:
14 Jun 2011 07:55:52 PM

I always thought this man probably fought in the first war and saw so much suffering over years to repel the Germans and to see them enter Paris in about a month was too much to bear.
4. Kev says:
14 Jun 2014 11:21:59 PM

his name is Jacques Bonsergent. he is the first inhabitants of paris executed by German (10 November 1940). He refused to give the names of his friends caught in a fight with German soldiers. (Sorry for my english)
5. Pierre says:
14 Jun 2017 11:53:10 AM

This is not Jaques Bonsersent, he was 28 when he was killed https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Bonsergent
6. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
15 Jun 2018 08:44:47 AM

This photo is captioned by the US National Archives as a scene from Paris, France, but it is likely to be a scene of civilians watching French regimental colors being transferred from Marseille to Algeria.

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WW2-Era Place Name Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Lat/Long 43.2975, 5.3806
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