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1/ OTD 10th June 1944, 4 days after #Dday, German SS troops on their way to Normandy entered the French village of #Oradour sur Glanes. They murdered 642 people & destroyed the village. On Gen De Gaulle's orders, it was never rebuilt. This is that story.
2/ 254 buildings, including those where the killings took place, were torched. Of the 642 dead only 52 were identifiable. 247 women & 205 children died, the youngest just a few months old. Some were just day visitors. Less than 20 people escaped. Photos from my recent visit.
3/ At 2pm on Sat 10th June 1944, responding to a wrong tip off by the collaborationist French Vichy police, lorries of German SS troops arrived in #Oradour. Two drove to either end of the village & blocked the road into it. The population were herded onto the village green.
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