Thousands of French Civilians Act Against Nazi Germany
Summary of Event
They also succeeded at cutting of Nazi supply lines and leading more than 500 raids on German supply trains. They have also fought to liberate cities and capture soldiers.
Simone Segouin was a symbol to women fighting for the resistance. She was only 18 years old when she joined. While fighting for the resistance, Simone went by the name Nicole Minet, so she could go undercover and to protect her family.
As her first mission, Simone stole a bike from a German military administrator. Later, she helped blow up some bridges, derail a train, and assist in the capturing of 25 German troop at the town of Thivars. People have asked Simone if she has killed anyone before. "On July 14, 1944, I took part in an ambush with two comrades. Two German soldiers went by on a bike, and the three of us fired at the same time, so I don’t know who exactly killed them. You shouldn’t have to kill someone like that. It’s true, the Germans were our enemies, it was the war, but I don’t draw any pride from it."
Five French Resistance men learn to use a radio for war.
Nikolai Vasenin is a Russian who fought for the French Resistance.
Fighters In The Shadows is a book about the French Resistance.
FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
He opened the bottom of the box, and from the bottom he drew a small photocopy. And that was the first time in my life that I saw Jeanal Digon's signature. That was his old ambition. "He had no special physical characters. If I want to try what was special with him, I would say his eyes. He had such dark eyes. He was always smiling. I met him, I don't know, five or six times. Especially to build the secret almée, which was my job in my organization. And that man did not practice authority at all. He was always discussing with people to bring them to his own views. And I believe this is the way he succeeded in unifying the resistance movement, which was not an an easy job. If we think of it, about 10 countries were occupied by Germany. There were resistance movements in all these countries, and the only country where the resistance movements were able to unify completely was France. And that was Jean Moulin's job.
"Very quickly we recognized that he was able to help us. He was the channel by which we received France, and some arms, very few, and also agents coming from England to France, people going from France to England. So he had, he really did, a very great level of power. So he was able really to do something. He was the channel for which all the support of the resistance movements came." Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Fighter
FACTS AND STATISTICS
- On June 18, 1940, Charles De Gaulle encouraged the French to continue fighting.
- 100,000 members by the end of the war
- 500+ raids occurred on German supply trains
- 130 raids occurred on trains in only 6 months
- 6 newspaper regularly printed by the end of the first year
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