burntheworld:

At 21:22 hours the night of August 24, 1944, the 9th Armoured Company (nicknamed La Nueve because it was mainly formed with veterans from the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War) burst into the centre of Paris via the Porte d’Italie. On entering the Town Hall Square, a 9th Company tank, “Ebro”, fired the first shots against a large group of German artillery and machine guns. Civilians took to the streets singing La Marseillaise, and were surprised when they discovered that the soldiers that had turned the course of the battle of Paris were of Spanish origin. Later, the commander of the 9th Company, Raymond Dronne, demanded unconditional surrender from the German commander, Dietrich von Choltitz.

burntheworld:

At 21:22 hours the night of August 24, 1944, the 9th Armoured Company (nicknamed La Nueve because it was mainly formed with veterans from the Republican side of the Spanish Civil Warburst into the centre of Paris via the Porte d’Italie. On entering the Town Hall Square, a 9th Company tank, “Ebro”, fired the first shots against a large group of German artillery and machine guns. Civilians took to the streets singing La Marseillaise, and were surprised when they discovered that the soldiers that had turned the course of the battle of Paris were of Spanish origin. Later, the commander of the 9th Company, Raymond Dronne, demanded unconditional surrender from the German commander, Dietrich von Choltitz.