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Liberation Memorial Arles

This liberation memorial in Arles has 2 plaques on a large rock, for different events -- the top marble one for liberation battles on 22-24 August 1944 and the blue one below for two American pilots.

Marble plaque:
Ici sur cette place
les 22-23 et 24 août 1944
eurent lieu les plus durs combats
de la liberation d’Arles
au cours desquels les résistants arlesiens
chasserent l’occupant allemand
et rétablirent la liberté et la democratie
au pays d’Arles.

Translated:
Here at this site on 22-23 and 24 August 1944, the heaviest fighting of the liberation of Arles took place, during which the Arlesian resistants chased out the German occupiers and re-established freedom and democracy in the land of Arles.

Blue plaque:
In memory of Lieutenants
William J. Tippet and Walter C. McConnell Jr.
Pilots of the USAAF
Killed in action at Arles 14 August 1944
For our liberty.
City of Arles grateful recognition.
8 May 2002.

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Source

  • Text: Anne Palmer
  • Photos: Anne Palmer