Fifty years have passed since the Normandy landing that began the liberation of France from Nazi occupation. This touching eyewitness account, told from the perspective of a twelve-year-old girl, has all the force and beauty of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl.
As the first wave of Allied paratroopers landed behind the lines in Normandy on the night of June 5, 1944, many fell into the flooded marshlands on either side of the railway line that ran between Paris and Cherbourg—virtually in the Duboscq family’s backyard. Throughout that historic night, Geneviève and her father, a hard-drinking peasant named Papa Maurice, saved numerous Americans from drowning and gave them refuge while they regrouped for what was to become one of the most heroic battles of World War II.
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About the Author
Geneviève Duboscq was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government, and she and her family received America’s Guard of Honor in recognition of their heroic service to the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. On June
5, 1994, she made a commemorative jump with surviving members of the 82nd Airborne onto the Normandy battleground.