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" Tu seras vitorieux par ce signe”   "You have victory by this sign"

      Honneur et Patrie     "Honour and Country"

 

 

Admiral Thierry d'Argenlieu was responsible for the adoption of the cross of Lorraine by Free France in 1940. He wrote to de Gaulle that the Free French needed their own cross to stand against the Nazi swastika. The symbol was subsequently adopted by all the Free French and appears on many insignia.

The intention of these web pages is not to give a history of the French Resistance of World War 2 which is done much better elsewhere but to form a meeting place for people who are interested in re-enacting French Resistance (in all its forms).

We in the French Resistance Group will be sharing the information we have acquired on our travels (internet addresses, books, films, TV, photos of interest etc) and hopefully others will do the same.

We hope that other people who are interested in re-enacting French Resistance as we are will join us to do coordinated walkabouts or scenarios at events, static displays (display boards, objects of interest, music and radio etc).  Where possible, we also intend to take part in battle re enactments with other groups.  This could take the form of military Free French units although to begin with it would more likely to be Marquis and battles involving FFI members as this format would be more flexible.

Our aim is to bring together like-minded people who wish to investigate and research and re-enact together the French experience of World War 2. We are an informal relaxed group and would welcome re-enactors of FFI (Forces Français à l'Intérieur), FFE (Forces Français à l'Extérieur) and Vichy (yes even some Vichy resisted in their own way).  The only exceptions are that we will not include Milice and "Légion des Volontaires Français contre le bolchevisme" who did not resist the Nazis.

IT IS STRESSED FROM THE OUTSET THAT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DENIGRATE OTHERS AND THEIR IDEAS OR VIEWS AND GENERALLY WHINGE ARE NOT WELCOME .  PLEASE GO AND FIND A MEETING PLACE MORE SUITED TO YOUR NEEDS.

We would be interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in 1940s French Resistance, and particularly from those who have first hand knowledge and experiences of this genre of history.  Some of our members can speak and write English fluently - but this is not a requirement for joining our group.

 Nous faisons bon accueil à vos expériences de résistance française dans la guerre mondiale deux. Nous avons des membres qui peuvent lire et écrire en français; nous souhaiterions donc recevoir vos email. 

Email: aliphil.french@googlemail.com