This Day In History - French Troops Liberate Alencon (WWII)
August 12th, 1944, France. The 2nd Armored Division, led by General Leclerc (photo above) of France liberates the French city of Alencon from German hands. The citizens of the city came out in joyous celebration. The 2nd Armored Division was originally formed in Morocco and then brought to England for intense training. They landed at the Utah Beach of DDay before moving into France to face Nazi enemies. The group was made up of 5,000 vehicles (including Sherman tanks) and 15,000 men. They were eventually able to liberate Alencon before moving forward to Paris.