France - Resistance & Massacre in Vercors

Museum of the Resistance in the Vercors - Vassieux-en-Vercors - Grenoble - France - World War II - European Tourist Guide - euro-t-guide.com

The World War II Resistance and massacre in the area of Vercors. The Vercors is a natural fortress, accessible only by one road which could easily be controlled. The Vercors was a main retreat of the French resistance. Supplies were provided occasionally by air from the allied forces. When on such an occasion the arrival of planes was awaited who would drop their load with parachutes, it was German paratroops who appeared instead. They had used DFS 230 Gliders, and they massacred nearly all people they could get hold of in the place. camp. One of the pictures shows the entrance to the cave. The terrible event is present on a number of memorials in the village also.
 
Vassieux-en-Vercors - Grenoble

The entrance to one of the caves at Vercors. This cave was used by the French resistance fighters. In the cave there was also a hospital, where wounded personnel and ill people were taken care of. All of these and the doctors were murdered during the massacre.The nurses were caught and sent to a concentration camp.

The entrance to one of the caves at Vercors. This cave was used by the French resistance fighters. In the cave there was also a hospital, where wounded personnel and ill people were taken care of. All of these and the doctors were murdered during the massacre.The nurses were caught and sent to a concentration camp. 
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Remains of a German DFS 230 glider used by the German paratroopers during the attack at Vercors.

Remains of a German DFS 230 glider used by the German paratroopers during the attack at Vercors.
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Remains of a German DFS 230 glider used by the German paratroopers during the attack at Vercors.

Remains of a German DFS 230 glider used by the German paratroopers during the attack at Vercors. Notice the outlines of a paratrooper inside the glider.
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Remains of a German DFS 230 glider used by the German paratroopers during the attack at Vercors.

Remains of a German DFS 230 glider used by the German paratroopers during the attack at Vercors.
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Smaller memorial can be found all over the Vercors area.

Smaller memorial can be found all over the Vercors area.
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The entrance to the Museum of the Resistance in the Vercors.

The entrance to the Museum of the Resistance in the Vercors.
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Photo: Uwe Bergholter (Germany) - September 2004
 
Uwe Bergholter has given euro-t-guide.com
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