Historical Centre and Museum of the Resistance in Drome and Deportation (FRANCE)
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  • The rise of nazism
  • The phoney war (1939)
  • Armistice and June 18 Call
  • Occupation and Collaboration
  • The Resistance gets organized
  • The Resistance spreads out
  • The armed Resistance
  • Repression
  • Deportation and internment
  • The liberation in Drome
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  • The Liberation in Drome

    Our region extends all along the Rhone river (West) and the foothills of the Alps (East). The Drome area is narrow close to Lyon, and widens just beyond the Vaucuse region. Three rivers , le Roubion, la Drôme and l'Isère, pass through the region.

    The liberation of Drome is linked to the Provence landings of the Allies, on august 15th 1944.

    The Allies land on the Mediterranean Coast

    The landing Their target : to dislodge the German from Toulon and Marseilles, into to use the ports of great capacity. Their mission achieved, the Allies will go up the Rhone valley, beating the German army back to the North. The confontrations are severe.

    Decisive support of the French Resistance

    German prisoners The Allies are helped in their advance, by the decisive support of the French Resistance, composed of men, who, familiar to their territory, guide them. The resistance fighters sabotage roads, bridges (Livron during the night of august 16th to 17th) and railroads.harry the convoys. Using the rivers, natural obstacles, they slow the advance of the German troops down, and cause heavy losses of men and equipment.

    The towns of Drome will be slowly liberated, sometimes at the cost of severe fights.
  • Buis lès Baronnies, liberated on august 21st 1944,
  • Nyons, on august 25th 1944,
  • Valréas, on august 27th 1944,
  • Montélimar, on august 28th 1944,
  • Romans, on august 30th 1944,
  • Saint Rambert, on august 31st 1944,
  • Valence, Prefecture of Drome, on august 31st.

    Drome will be liberated for good, on september 2nd 1944.

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