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World war II
Fierce air bombing in France, 3000 allied bombs fallen in Vignacourt, in order to destroy German armaments and several houses were destroyed too.
- Food restrictions, (food ration tickets and ration cards),
- The exodus to the south,
- 18 June 1940 appeal.
- The phony war,
- Road, rails, bridges and houses to rebuilt.
V1 was transported by the trolley on the launch pad
Photo commented by M. Laurent BAILLEUL, V1 book.
1st Sept 1939: Germany invaded Poland.
3 Sept 1939: France and United Kingdom declared war on Germany.
20 May to 8 June 1940: Battle of Amiens, bombing of the city. Miraculously, the cathedral remained standing. Amiens was largerly fired during the second world war.
18 June 1940: General de Gaulle make a speech in London BBC, he launched an appeal for resistance.
22 June 1940: Marshal Petain signs the armistice with Germany.
End June 1940: The RAF have shelled, the aerodromes of Vignacourt and Abbeville.
16 February 1943 : Establishment of STO (Compulsory work service), French people forced to go work in Germany for the labour shortages.
22 June 1941: Hitler has declared war on Russia.
27 May 1944: A plane piloted by Americans crashed alongside Vignacourt. There were parachuted out but were taken prisoner by Germans.
25 August 1944: Liberation of Paris.
31 August 1944: Liberation of Amiens. The British tanks entered in the city at the dawn.
27 January 1945: Liberation of concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
11 March 1945: Proclamation of independance of Vietnam.
11 April 1945: Liberation of Buchenwald camp by the Americans.
A special thought for Mr. Colignon.
8 May 1945: Germany capitulated, the war was over.
August 6, 1945: The USA Air Force dropped an atomic bomb on city of Hiroshima.
August 9, 1945: The United-states dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
Sept 2, 1945: The Japanese surrender.