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World War 2, Europe, France, Paris, 1944


Informal group of civilians waving their hands and a Communist flag

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After the war, the influential French Communist Party (PCF) projected itself as "Le Parti des Fusillés" (The Party of Those Shot), in recognition of the thousands of communists executed for their Resistance activities. The number of communists killed was in reality considerably less than the Party's figure of 75,000. It is now estimated that close to 30,000 Frenchmen of all political movements combined were shot, of whom only a few thousand were communists. Others were deported, though, many of which died in concentration camps.



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Australian Army Museum of Western Australia

Australian Army Museum of Western Australia

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