SEEING PARIS – THREE GIs OF THE 90TH INFANTRY DIVISION SEE THE CITY OF LIGHTS

For most GIs Paris is just a city they have heard about, with broad streets, mademoiselles and cabarets. But some of those who drove into Germany get a chance to see the real thing. YANK Photographer Pfc. Pat Coffey followed three of them, on leave from the 359th Infantry of the 90th Division.



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Shoulder insignia of the 90th Infantry Division

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In front of the Moulin Rouge, one of the famous cabarets in Montmartre, the three GIs get their bearings from a gendarme (policeman to you). The streets are emptier than they used to be, with no big crowds or barking taxi cabs, but the old sights are still there to see. L to R: Sgt. Kenneth Fisher, Pfc. Norman Wilson and Pfc. Ben Herbert.

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They get a good look at the Cathedral of Notre Dame which, a guide would tell you, is a famous landmark and over 700 years old.



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Herbert, Fisher and Wilson pay their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc De Triumphed, at the head of the Avenue des Champs Elysees.

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Lady Godiva, if that’s who it is, would make a nice backdrop for any picture. This is in Montmartre.

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A bistro being as good a place as any in which to take a break from sightseeing, the three GIs stop off to get some refreshments from this solid French barlady.

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They stand in front of a model of the Statue of Liberty. France gave America the original in 1886.



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Backstage at the Folies Bergere they see some leg art at first hand and get an autograph pin-up picture from the lady herself, whose name is Gizelle.

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Sgt. Fisher, Pfc. Herbert and Pfc. Wilson look over a map of the city to locate some more points of interest.

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After looking over the Paris Opera House, or the National Academy of Music, in the background, they have to go up to another gendarme and get some directions.

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On Paris’s great avenue, the Champs Elysees, they meet up with a couple of French girls and try a little of the old charm with their latest French words.



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One thought on “SEEING PARIS – THREE GIs OF THE 90TH INFANTRY DIVISION SEE THE CITY OF LIGHTS

  • Bill Getz says:

    Even more interesting is the story of escaping Allied airmen being given walking tours of Paris by the French underground as they were being shuffled out of France by way of various routes established by the French resistance. As they toured they passed many German soldiers who gave them little notice. A story by itself.

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