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World war II


Local situation


Fierce air bombing in France, 3000 allied bombs fallen in Vignacourt, in order to destroy German armaments and several houses were destroyed too.

The kommandantur had settled in the park's castle, they ended up damaging it.

- Food restrictions, (food ration tickets and ration cards),
- The exodus to the south,
- 18 June 1940 appeal.
- The phony war,
- Resistance,
- Road, rails, bridges and houses to rebuilt.


Rampe de lancement V1

V1 was transported by the trolley on the launch pad
Photo commented by M. Laurent BAILLEUL, V1 book.


Key dates


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.



General de Gaulle poster