Lyon

Monument commémoratif

North Africa and the Overseas Territories play a decisive role in the war, serving both as a launching pad and a rear base for the liberation of European mainland France. Right from 1940, North Africa and the Overseas Territories were torn between Vichy and Free France, because of their strategic importance.

Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and the Overseas Territories contributed large numbers of soldiers to the war, and many paid a hard price. This monument pays homage to them.

Source: Christine Levisse-Touzé, L’Afrique du Nord dans la guerre, Albin Michel, 1998 

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Coordinates

Address : Place du Château , 69003 Lyon
GPS Coordinates : 45.749019 , 4.887503
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Themes and resources
Themes
  • Monument
  • Rhone
  • Armed Resistance
Complete description of site

North Africa and the Overseas Territories play a decisive role in the war, serving both as a launching pad and a rear base for the liberation of European mainland France. Right from 1940, North Africa and the Overseas Territories were torn between Vichy and Free France, because of their strategic importance.

Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and the Overseas Territories contributed large numbers of soldiers to the war, and many paid a hard price. This monument pays homage to them.

Source: Christine Levisse-Touzé, L’Afrique du Nord dans la guerre, Albin Michel, 1998 

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The Memorha Network brings together in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region places and areas linked to the Second World War and researchers in the humanities and the social sciences.

From its inception in 2011, it has striven to address the challenges resulting from the disappearance of eye-witnesses and the transmission to generations who have only a tenuous link to the Second World War. It has focused especially on added-value for memory tourism, on creating tools and on visit itineraries.

In 2016, Mémorha broadened its horizons to include all of the new Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. In order to call attention to the large number of memory sites in this vast territory, Memorha has worked on the ground with museums, scholarly groups and researchers, to develop a website called Memospace.fr.

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