Tag Archives: Marseille
Civil defence teams: Marseille civil defence workers are congratulated by their chief, Commandant Seydoux, after the raid of 27 May 1944. Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille, 29/II/4.
Civil defence cadres: the prefect-delegate for Marseille with national and regional SIPEG officials after the raid of 27 May 1944. The raid destroyed the local SIPEG headquarters and killed its occupants, as the modern plaque indicates. Courtesy Archives Municipales de … Continue reading
Shelters: this shelter for Marseille railwaymen took a direct hit on 27 May 1944, resulting in up to 100 deaths. Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille, 29/II/4.
Two neighbourhoods in Marseille after the raid of May 1944 Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille (29/II/4).
This plaque in central Marseille commemorates the staff of the town’s civil defence headquarters, killed at their posts in the raid of 27 May 1944. Photo: Andrew Knapp
Clearing up (3): Mechanical diggers could be used, as here in Marseille after the raid of 27 May 1944, once there was no hope of bringing anyone out alive. But such machinery was rare, and so was fuel. In Toulon … Continue reading
Clearing up (2): Repairing Marseille tramlines. Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille, 29/II/4.
Clearing up (1): As these pictures from Marseille show, much of the effort of clearing-up, especially when there was a chance of finding anyone alive, was done by men with picks and shovels, or even their bare hands. Courtesy Archives … Continue reading
Civil defence deaths. This plaque in Marseille commemorates the staff of the civil defence headquarters in Marseille, killed at their posts in the raid of 27 May 1944. Photo Andrew Knapp