Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to view Allied tanks and half tracks pass through the Arc du Triomphe, after Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944 (LOC)

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Where: 66 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

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When: 01 January 1939

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Crowds of French patriots line the Champs Elysees to view Allied tanks and half tracks pass through the Arc du Triomphe, after Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944

[1944 Aug. 26]

1 transparency : color.

Number on jacket: K01; OWI number devised by Library staff.
Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Photo shows Free French tanks and half tracks of General Leclerc's 2nd Armored Division passing through the Arc du Triomphe in Paris, probably on August 26, 1944. Sign at left "De Gaulle au pouvoir" and sign at right "Vive De Gaulle." (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009 and Wikimedia Commons)
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945
Military parades & ceremonies
Champs-Elysses (Paris, France)

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection Lot 12002 (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):

Call Number: LC-USW36-1 A


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 16/Jan/2008 20:24:33

    Great conservation state. Pity that resolution is so low.

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    • 16/Jan/2008 20:35:47


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    • 16/Jan/2008 23:16:31

    Sodabowski, a higher resolution version is available at the persistent URL listed in the description.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 20:49:02

    very nice

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    Daveo McG

    • 18/Jan/2008 15:37:39

    amazing image

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    • 18/Jan/2008 19:09:54

    my grandfather may be located somewhere in this photo, according to his military papers, he was deployed to france a few months previous to the taking of this photo.. He was in the 25th Tank Squad out of Arkansas or something to that effect, we havent been able to pinpoint much more info

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    • 19/Jan/2008 15:46:17

    Yes, go to the persistent URL and see the big picture, It is absolutely stunning.

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    • 19/Jan/2008 20:00:08

    Very interesting! Perhaps my uncles too may be located somewhere in this photo. Theys came from Morocco with the troops of the Allied armies and they made the war with Tiralleurs and Goumiers corps.

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    Rob Scumaci

    • 22/Jan/2008 01:07:17

    The detail in the original is stunning.

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    • 22/Jan/2008 17:35:56

    It is absolutely amazing that you took on this project! Thank you!

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    bizarre iron

    • 25/Jan/2008 09:15:40

    C'est vraiment super ! La librairie du congrès a été l'un de premier fournisseurs de contenus publics sur l'Internet, alors que les institutions françaises - IGN, INA, INSSEE, etc. - tenaient colloques sur la manière de "protéger leur patrimoine informationnel"... On connaît le résultat. J'ai fait un petit article sur mon "e-Moleskine"

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    • 25/Jan/2008 11:33:13

    The occupation continues... the red cross nurses are just outside what is now the flagship McDonalds in Paris

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    • 25/Jan/2008 14:27:39

    Simply amazing. So glad to have found this.

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    • 30/Jan/2008 09:43:43

    these are photoshopped

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    • 09/Feb/2008 08:38:00

    Please see, where I've added a link to a comparative photo.

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    • 13/Feb/2008 14:58:37

    It was not the 1944 Aug. 25, but the 1944 Aug. 26. Général De Gaulle was walking and the half-tracks in the photo are from the "neuvième compagnie du Régiment de Marche du Tchad", part of the "2ème DB" commanded by General Leclerc. This compagnie was call "La Nueve" because most of the soldiers were Spanish republicains.

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    • 06/Apr/2008 22:10:48

    Dominoa, Do you know why the half-track is named Kichi-Kichi? I believe this is Japanese?

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    • 07/Apr/2008 14:17:08

    It's the name of a city in Tchad

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    • 18/Apr/2008 12:24:43

    I would have liked to put tags 25 aout 25th august in french But it appears there are too much. So it will be unreadable for french people. Tant pis

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    • 20/Jul/2008 21:36:10

    Added link to Wikipedia: Arc de Trimophe

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    Elizabeth Pellette

    • 26/Sep/2008 15:56:08

    thank you for sharing these

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    fabulous arithmetic

    • 03/Jul/2009 15:51:03

    The bumper numbers of the vehicles were covered by sensors. According to a book I'm reading this would be the 28th (Keystone) Division. The book (Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose) says that De Gaulle asked Eisenhower for this show of force to scare off the Germans and communist who were still among them. Other units went around Paris. It says the 4th Division also went through Paris but it was the 28th who had the parade.

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    Simon Blanc

    • 16/Jul/2009 02:42:12

    Great picture, amazing to see that now :)

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    • 21/Aug/2009 21:42:22

    wow, this picture made me cry... that is stunning...

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    Mr Flikker

    • 06/Nov/2009 20:34:18

    LOC people, where is the rest of this roll?!! Why do we have dozens of contiguous shots of factories but just a single image of this world-historic moment?

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    Roy Gardner (ScreamingEagles 101 Pathfinder) Spain

    • 12/Nov/2009 18:00:10

    Es una magnifica foto. El desfile de la Division Leclerc por el Paris liberado. En esta liberacion participaron miembros españoles de la division Leclerc, en la Novena Compañia. Sirve de homenaje a los españoles que lucharon contra Hitler.

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    Dan K ™

    • 22/Nov/2010 14:24:40

    Interesting the way the label refers to them as "French Patriots". As opposed to what other sort of French person at the end of an occupation.

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    The Library of Congress

    • 16/Dec/2010 12:03:40

    Hello Mr. Flikker: Thank you for your interest in this photograph. The majority of the United States Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) photographs depict life in the United States. OWI probably acquired this image of Paris from an outside photographic source and added it to their files. That is probably why the FSA/OWI collection does not contain more images of this event.

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    • 20/Mar/2011 03:26:20

    Small point: there is no "roll" as such. If you look at the photo, you will see, on the right and top and bottom, thick lines. These are the shadows of the plate holder, telling us that the picture was taken with a Graflex camera, perhaps a Speed Graphic, which was the premier press camera of the 30s-50s. As well, the corners of the shot are perfectly square. Slides taken on a 35mm roll will have rounded corners from the cardboard slide mount. With the Graflex cameras, each shot was taken separately, with the plate holder and film pushed into the camera back together. The cover was then extracted separately and the picture taken, the cover put back in, and the exposed shot (properly covered) extracted. Doesn't make for fast work, but the 4" x 5" negatives hold something like 45 megapixels of information.

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    • 30/Mar/2011 20:47:24

    Wow! This is a treasure! Thanks for sharing it with us! What a fabulous photo! People in Public Places(from ABOVE) People in Public Places (from ABOVE) Post 1, Award 1

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    Pieter Lommerse

    • 17/May/2019 15:16:25

    Charles Gesner van der Voort's wife was friends with Jacqueline van den Brandeler-Meyrier. Both had lived in Shanghai. With a spark in her eyes JvdB told me how she enjoyed dancing in liberated Paris. South American dances taught by young South American diplomats!

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