Welcoming the Liberators



During the Liberation, one of the propaganda leaflets which the Americans dropped over France carried a photo of a Frenchman, surrounded by American troops. Together, they are drinking wine … ‘Buvons un coup!’ runs the caption. ‘His house and fields have suffered badly, but this French peasant knows that this is the price of freedom, and he is more than pleased to drink with his liberators, his traditional allies’.1 This picture of friends drinking together in the midst of battle is one of the lasting and iconic memories of Franco-Allied relationships in the Liberation.


Iconic Memory Civil Affair American Soldier French People French Territory 
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