A War Hero
Among those listening that June evening was Pierre Chevallier.
Yvonne had just given birth to their first son, Mathieu, and
But Chevallier made the brave decision to join the Free French movementone of just 7,000 Frenchmen who followed de Gaulles lead in the six weeks immediately after
Chevallier quickly became a leading figure of the resistance in
With recruitment and momentum, the movement grew over the ensuing four years of occupation. Some like Chevallier participated in cells of resistance fighters who managed to pull off daring acts of sabotage against the German occupiers. For others, the resistance was more passive.
By D-Day in 1944, the Free French movement included some 400,000 Frenchman.
Allied soldiers arrived in the city on August 16, 1944, 10 weeks after the D-Day invasion. The Allies liberated