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La Butte aux Fusillés de la Maltière

La Butte aux Fusillés de la Maltière

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    Built in 1937 by the French soldiers to make it a shooting range, the Butte de la Maltière became in 1940 a very important place for the city of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande and for its history. Indeed, on June 18, 1940 when the Germans arrived in Rennes - and therefore St-Jacques - they invaded the Butte de la Maltière and remained there until August 4, 1944, the day of the Liberation of Rennes.
    By taking control of St-Jacques, the Germans got into the habit of coming to shoot the resistance fighters who bothered them there.
    The first man shot was on July 17, 1940 and was called Marcel Brossier, sentenced to death for having cut a telephone cable.
    It was the same fate for 75 other resistance fighters, mostly from Ille-et-Vilaine.

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    • March 24, 2021

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    Built in 1937 by the French soldiers to make it a shooting range, the Butte de la Maltière became in 1940 a very important place for the city of Saint-Jacques de la Lande and for its history.
    Indeed, on June 18, 1940 when the Germans arrived in Rennes - and therefore St-Jacques - they invaded the Butte de la Maltière and remained there until August 4, 1944, the day of the Liberation of Rennes. By taking control of St-Jacques, the Germans got into the habit of coming to shoot the resistance fighters who bothered them there.
    The first man shot was on July 17, 1940 and was called Marcel Brossier, sentenced to death for having cut a telephone cable.
    It was the same fate for 75 other resistance fighters, mostly from Ille-et-Vilaine.
    The shooting that most marked public opinion in Rennes and St-Jacques was that of December 30, 1942. On that day, 25 resistance fighters aged 19 to 43 were killed.

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    • March 28, 2021

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Location: Saint-Jacques-De-La-Lande, Rennes, Brittany, France

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