Le colonel George A. Taylor, commander 16 th regiment the famous 1 ère division d’infanterie « The big red one », yells to his troops on Omaha beach : "There are two kinds of people staying on this beach: those who died and those who will die. Now, go out d & rsquo; here. »
"Never a guy has won a war by dying for his country. We win by arranging for it to be the type of side who dies for his country. »
General George Patton
“Nuts” nuts ! General Anthony McAuliffe meets the German command that demands the surrender of Bastogne 22 December 1944
"Let us be firm, proud and loyal ; the end of our troubles, there the glory of the world, that of men who have not surrendered. »
Charles de Gaulle, 14 July 1943
"Life goes every morning, Hope is born each night. The France begins daily. »
Charles de Gaulle
« La guerre ? Hay hay hay ! An absurd thing, inutile ! À quoi ça sert de massacrer des gens ? Nothing can justify the, rien ! »
Louis de Cazenave (1897-2008) Last survivor of the Chemin des Dames and penultimate hairy alive.
Why do you want us dissimulions l & rsquo; emotion that grips us all, men and women, who are here, home, in Paris to free standing and that has to do with his hands.
Non ! We will not hide the profound and sacred emotion. There is minutes beyond each of our poor lives.
Paris ! paris outraged ! paris broke ! paris martyred ! but liberated Paris ! released by itself, liberated by its people with the help of armies of France, with & rsquo; support and assistance of all France, France, which fights, in France alone, the real France, the eternal France.
well ! since the & rsquo; enemy which held Paris has capitulated in our hands, of France returns to Paris, At her place. She goes there bloody, but resolved. She goes there, lit by the & rsquo; huge lesson, but more certain than ever, its duties and rights.
I say d & rsquo; first of his duties, and I will summarize them all by saying that, for the time being, it s & rsquo; acts of war duties. L & rsquo; tottering foe but n & rsquo; is not yet defeated. It remains on our soil. He does not even suffice than we & rsquo; have, with the assistance of our dear and admirable allies, driven from us as we stood for satisfied after what s & rsquo; s happened. We want to enter its territory as it should, victoriously.
C & rsquo; is why the & rsquo; vanguard French came to Paris with cannon.
C & rsquo; is why the great French army & rsquo; Italy landed in the South ! and quickly goes up the Rhone Valley.
C & rsquo; is why our brave and dear forces of & rsquo; s going inside & rsquo; s arm & rsquo; modern weapons.
C & rsquo; is this revenge, this vengeance and that justice, we will continue to fight until & rsquo; in the last day, up & rsquo; in the day of total victory and complete.
This duty of war, all men who are here and all who hear us in France know that & rsquo; it requires the & rsquo; national unity. We other, who have experienced the greatest moments of our history, we don & rsquo; not want to have anything else to show us, up & rsquo; in the end, worthy of France. Long live France !
General de Gaulle, Paris city hall.
…the state of this nation is good
the heart of this nation is sound
the spirit of this nation is strong
the faith of this nation is eternal.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
From his message to Congress, january, 7, 1943