[Photo archive]: Liberation of Paris Documented Hour-by-Hour in Photographs.

[Paris: 1944].

Price: $4,500.00

10/27/2015. 12 sepia-toned gelatin-silver photographs. Each image is 7.25" x 5.25". Photos are numbered 1-12, and each is captioned in ink, in detail on the verso. All of the images are dated 25 August 1944. The first two are noted as being at 2:00 and 2:30 pm; the other 10 are noted as being between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. The first caption reads: "Scenes of the liberation of Paris. The beginning of the Tuileries fight as seen from Quay Voltaire no 11. The Bridge is Pont Royal. Seine flows down to left. The building on the right belongs to the Louvre; it is known as Pavillon de Flore. The black smoke is coming from tanks and turrets. Note the book-sellers stands that are closed." The second image shows the same scene with increasing black smoke: "The fight is turning into a real battle as Leclerc's Shermans start firing their guns. One after the other the German Tigers are knocked out and set ablaze." The following image show the first Allied Troops entering the city. At 4:05 the caption notes: "The fight has been over for a few minutes...", and shows a Sherman tank and a Red Cross truck with a few citizens coming out. The next images shows the Rue de Castiglione with abandoned German vehicles and awash in citizens, Leclerc's Moroccan troops entering the city on a troop carrier, one of Leclerc's Shermans with a priest on a bicycle; a group of "300 German prisoners caught in the Tuileries...", crowds beginning to gather in La Place de la Concorde Suisse, and other scenes from the area.

Housed in an envelope marked in pencil "au Major Dunbaugh, " which we have not been able to definitively identify. A wonderfully immediate document of the liberation of Paris.


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