Il meraviglioso e ben conservato
Castello di Monteluco ai Lecchi.
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It’s a thought to ponder ... that history waxes and wains ... Moudon was once the administrative centre of Savoy in Switzerland ... ahead of Lausanne ... whilst the bishops ran Lausanne the Counts of Savoy ran their earthly realm from here ... then came the Bernese invasion and the reformation and Moudon sank into obscurity.
History waxes and wains ... To everything, turn turn turn , there is a purpose, turn turn turn ... The castle up there on the left is one of the oldest in the region, big and square like a Norman keep, sorry donjon around here.
But walking down this thirteenth century road, the centuries melt away. Pierre II de Savoie spent much of his Savoyard time here, when he wasn’t in London. Odd to think one man links this little town with The Strand in London and what’s now the Savoy Hotel. History is full of ironies and links, and waxes and wains ... but one thing never changes ... despite our love for borders and nationalities ... we’re all interconnected.
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.The Liberation of Paris was a military action that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice on 22 June 1940, after which the Wehrmacht occupied northern and western France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, did not consider the liberation of Paris to be a primary objective. The goal of the U.S. and British Army was to destroy the German forces, and therefore end World War II in Europe, which would allow the Allies to concentrate all their efforts on the Pacific front. However, General Charles de Gaulle of the French Army, upon seeing the French Resistance had risen up against the German occupiers, and unwilling to allow his countrymen to be slaughtered as had happened to the Polish Resistance in the Warsaw Uprising, petitioned for an immediate frontal assault
The liberation began when the French Forces of the Interior—the military structure of the French Resistance—staged an uprising against the German garrison upon the approach of the US Third Army, led by General George Patton. On the night of 24 August, elements of the 2nd French Armored Division made its way into Paris and arrived at the Hôtel de Ville shortly before midnight. The next morning, 25 August, the bulk of the 2nd Armored Division and US 4th Infantry Division entered the city. Dietrich von Choltitz, commander of the German garrison and the military governor of Paris, surrendered to the French at the Hôtel Meurice, the newly established French headquarters, while General Charles de Gaulle arrived to assume control of the city as head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic.
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