DD352 Maquisard w/Bren Gun
In addition to the Sten Guns supplied to French Resistance groups, heavier weapons, such as the ‘Bren Gun’, were also provided.
Here this resistance member uses the shoulder strap to support this classic British Light Machine Gun.
As French towns and village all across Normandy were liberated by the Allies local Resistance Groups (Les Maquisards) together with many local residents began to take their revenge on anyone thought to have helped or associated with the recent German occupiers.
After four years of occupation together with hunger, fear and perhaps a little shame it was time to seek revenge and retribution on those who had profited from the hated ‘Boche’ or had cooperated with the enemy.
Collaborators of all shapes and sizes and to all degrees were sought out and often subjected to fierce interrogation and swift, violent punishment. Women in particular, who were denounced or simply suspected of enemy collaboration were among the most prominent victims.