France was one of the major European powers but was quickly defeated by Germany in the spring of 1940. Four years of occupation followed before the liberation of France and the rest of Western Europe began in June 1944.

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Liberation Route Europe in France

In 1940 Nazi Germany invaded and occupied France. This marked the beginning of four years of oppression in which a large part of the Jewish population was deported. In June 1944 the Allied invasion of Western Europe began and one of the largest battles of the war was fought in Normandy. During these fights tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians lost their lives. France emerged from the war as one of the major powers and played an important role in the shaping of post war Europe.


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