The Race to Berlin: The Allied Liberation of Paris

The Battle for Paris took place from 19 August 1944 until the occupying German general surrendered, reportedly against Hitler’s orders, on 25 August 1944. During the battle, German forces suffered 3,200 losses and had 12,800 troops taken as prisoners of war. Despite the overwhelming victory, the liberation of Paris wasn’t a primary objective for the British and American armies. The battle was part of the larger race to reach Berlin before the Soviets and end the war in Europe.

This video shows Charles de Gaulle leading a victory march through the streets of Paris. The march was temporarily halted as rogue German snipers fired on the crowd.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.