HD photographs of Monument to Polish fighters 1939 - 1945 in Place de Varsovie - Page 758



While at the Place de Varsovie in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, we took these high definition photos showing a memorial called the Monument aux combattants Polonais morts pour la defense et la liberation de la France 1939 - 1945, which was sculpted by Andre Greck.

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Monument to Polish Fighters 1939 - 1945 Place Varsovie Paris
This first HD photo shows the memorial statue called the Monument aux combattants Polonais morts pour la defense et la liberation de la France, which in English translates to Monument to the Polish fighters who died for the defence and liberation of France 1939 - 1945.
Andre Greck stone Monument to Polish Fighters
Now this photo shows a close up of a figure, which was designed to be an allegory of victory and he is holding up a person that was designed to be one of the dead Polish fighters from World War II.
LHS Monument to Polish Fighters 1939 - 1945
So here you can see a side view of the commemorative monument, which was produced in stone, and the site chosen was close to the River Seine at Place de Varsovie, which is a square in Paris that was named in 1928 after the capital of Poland, Warsaw.
RHS Monument to Polish Fighters 1939 - 1945
And here is the opposite side of the Monument aux combattants Polonais morts pour la defense et la liberation de la France, and as you can see, this is where the information plaque is located on the ground, next to the granite base.
Back of Monument to Polish Fighters 1939 - 1945
But here you can see the back view of the Monument to the Polish fighters who died for the defence and liberation of France 1939 - 1945, as we were looking towards the River Seine, and to give you more of an idea, the famous tourist attraction of the Eiffel Tower would be to the right.
Front of Monument to Polish Fighters
As you will see later, the first stone for this commemorative and memorial monument was laid by the President of the French Republic, Valery Giscard d'Estaing on the 10th June 1975, with the French sculptor Andre Greck having been chosen to produce this stone statue.
Front and RHS of Monument to Polish Fighters
Andre Greck was born in 1912 in Algiers and initially studied within his home country of Algeria, starting to produce many different busts, yet he managed to be able to enrol at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris under Jean Boucher and gain the Prix de Rome, enabling him to further his studies at the Villa Medicis in Italy.
Back and LHS of Monument to Polish Fighters
From there Andre Greck returned to Algeria, and it was not until the 1960s that he went back to France, become a professor at the School of Fine Arts in Dijon, but was also a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and it was in 1974 that he won the competition for the commission of this Polish Monument.
Monument Polonais morts pour defense liberation de France
The Monument aux combattants Polonais morts pour la defense et la liberation de la France was designed to recognise the heroic attitudes of the Polish during World War II, and Andre Greck, who was at the initial first stone laying ceremony and at the inauguration, also produced other memorial monuments.
Back and RHS of Monument to Polish Fighters
You will find that the official inauguration of this monumental statue of the Monument to the Polish fighters took place in the January of 1978 in the presence of many dignitaries, both from Poland and France, and the plaster model Andre Greck produced is now held within the National Museum in Krakow, Poland.
Inscription granite base Monument to Polish Fighters
Yet this close up photo shows the inscription on the granite base of the statue, and you will see the top two lines are in French and the bottom two beneath the dates of 1939 - 1945 are in Polish, and when translated into English, this reads To the Polish fighters for the defence and liberation of France.
Information plaque Monument to Polish Fighters
Although this close up photograph shows a tourist information plaque located on the ground next to the statue, which as you can tell, unfortunately was slightly broken, but again translated into English, this generally reads Mr Valery Giscard d'Estaing, President of the Republic, placed here 10th June 1975, the first stone of the monument recalling the heroic attitude of Poles in defence and the release of France 1939 - 1945.
Place Varsovie and Monument to Polish Fighters
However, here you can see the location of the monument at the Place de Varsovie, which is at the bottom of the Jardins du Trocadero in the 16th Arrondissement, famous for the Warsaw Fountains, and this would be to the left of the image.

Whereas to the right of the image you can see a part of the Avenue de New York that runs alongside the River Seine and the Pont d'Iena would be behind us, which would take you over the water to the Eiffel Tower.

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