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Maquisard with Sten Gun--single WWII French resistance figure

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Item Number: DD349

Maquisard with Sten Gun

This resistance member is cocking his British-supplied ‘Sten’ sub machine gun.  Thousands of these simple but sturdy weapons were parachuted into France and saw extensive service with the ‘Maquis’.

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 in a more ‘horizontal’ fashion.  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.

Released in OCTOBER 2021.