Veteran of Gen Leclerc’s armoured div
Sunday 25 May 2003
I met André Rémon thanks to being with a group of vetarans the AMVETS. Being with a group that are obviously veterans encourages people to speak to them, when they wouldn’t to just another anonymous visitor to the cemetery.
- André Rémon
André was part of the 2nd armoured division under Gen Leclerc.
Gen Leclerc was taken prisoner in 1940 at Lille but escaped and joined deGaulle in London. During the campain in N. Africa he was given the comand of the 2nd Armoured Div. They landed at Vareville on Utah beach on the 1st august 1944 and joined Pattons Third army on it’s route to Paris.
Leclerc’s division took Ecouché then Argentan and on the 25th August accepted the surrender of Gen Koltidts at Paris. They then carried on to Strasbourg and then to Berchtesgaden.
André Rémon received a citation from the american army, which he was proudly weariong on his lapel. He had made the 300 mile trip with a group of children from his village.
- Sherman tank - Ecouché
This tank was one of the shermans used by the 2nd ArmDiv. It was stopped by a shell at the entrance to Ecouché. It stayed in place till the end of the war when the Mayor turned it into a memorial. The wife of Gen Leclerc was present at the ceremony.
see also SHERMAN