The real battle of the rails

Format: HD
Duration: 52’
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Available version: French
Rights: All Rights | Worldwide


During WWII, the French national railway service was guided by a government that promoted collaboration with the Nazis.

Soon, however, railway workers objected and became critical elements of the Resistance. By organizing sabotage, they greatly hindered the Germans. With the D-Day landing in Normandy, they played a crucial role by slowing down German reinforcement on their way to the frontline. Also, thanks to their strike on August 10, 1944, they triggered the popular insurrection that led to the liberation of Paris.

However, they paid a heavy price for their actions, with several hundred victims in their ranks. This is their story.