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Stele of the Martyrs of the Resistance

Historic site and monument, Memorial in La Londe-les-Maures

  • Located on the bridge of Pansard at the entrance of the city, it was erected in May 1945.

  • Located on the bridge of Pansard at the entrance of the city, it was erected in May 1945. The names of three resistant London: Eugene Oswald, Louis Bussone and Pierre Rivault are engraved there.

    Eugène Oswald was born on August 14th, 1925 in La Londe. His father, Jacques, is the village doctor. To escape the STO (forced labour department) he fled and joined the famous and glorious maquis of Ain.
    During an ambush on the occupying army from the top of a hill, he and three other Maquis were...
    Located on the bridge of Pansard at the entrance of the city, it was erected in May 1945. The names of three resistant London: Eugene Oswald, Louis Bussone and Pierre Rivault are engraved there.

    Eugène Oswald was born on August 14th, 1925 in La Londe. His father, Jacques, is the village doctor. To escape the STO (forced labour department) he fled and joined the famous and glorious maquis of Ain.
    During an ambush on the occupying army from the top of a hill, he and three other Maquis were spotted by the Nazis overlooking their position. The method to punish the Maquis is strictly respected. After shooting them in the legs, the Nazis rushed to finish them off. Eugène Oswald and two of his comrades from Haute Savoie were killed. The fourth one from the Ain dragged himself to a nearby wood and survived his injuries.
    A stele bearing the name of Eugène Oswald and his two comrades’ is erected on the place where they perished in the commune of SONGIEU (01).
    Shot dead on July 13th, 1944 he was to be 19 years old.

    Pierre Rivault was born on May 6th, 1920 in Tours.
    Worker at the Bormettes factory, he left the village by jumping out of a truck and joined the maquis to escape the STO (forced labour department).
    Taken prisoner by the Nazis with nine other FTPFs (Maverick and French partisan), he was tortured, horribly mutilated, then shot dead with his comrades on the banks of the Asse de Blieux, a small stream located at the place called La Tuilière in the commune of SENEZ in the Alpes de Haute Provence on July 20th, 1944 at the age of 24. His body, found in a mass grave, was not identified until 1945 and his name was transcribed into the civil status registers of this small town.
    A square in the Bormettes district bears his name.

    Louis Bussone was born on July 30th, 1919 in La Londe.
    Maverick and French partisan (F.T.P.F).
    On the announcement of the arrival of the American and French soldiers who had landed on August 15th, 1944 on the Provençal coast, he sabotaged the firing system of the Pont du Maravenne. He then attempted a new sabotage of the device that the German soldiers had installed to destroy the Pansard bridge during their withdrawal.
    Surprised by an enemy patrol, he was shot near the cooperative cellar on August 17th, 1944 at the age of 25, as the first American and French soldiers approached the village.
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