“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
La Châtre in Indre, Centre-Val de Loire, France

La Bataille de Bir Hakeim / The Battle of Bir Hakeim

Plaque commémorative de la Bataille de Bir Hakeim Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Fonce, February 23, 2018
1. Plaque commémorative de la Bataille de Bir Hakeim Marker
Inscription.   Les hommes du Général KOENIG résistent du 26 Mai au 11 Juin 1942, face aux Forces allemandes et italiennes, puis réussirent à rejoindre les lignes anglaises. Ce fut un épisode décisif de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale.

[English translation:]

General KOENIG's men put up resistance from May 26 to June 11, 1942, facing the German and Italian forces, and then managed to join the English lines. It was a decisive episode in the Second World War.
Location. 46° 35.004′ N, 1° 59.313′ E. Marker is in La Châtre, Centre-Val de Loire, in Indre. Marker is on Passage de la Bataille de Bir-Hakeim. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Passage de la Bataille de Bir-Hakeim, La Châtre, Centre-Val de Loire 36400, France.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La maison du Chevalier d'Ars (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Pont des Cabignats (about 180 meters away); Fontaine Sainte-Radegonde (about 210 meters away); Maison rue des Pavillons (about 240 meters away); Plaque Commémorative de Jean Pacton (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Hôtel de Villaines (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Place du Marché / Market Square (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Place du Docteur Vergne (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Châtre.
Also see . . .  Battle of Bir Hakeim (Wikipedia). "The Battle of Bir Hakeim took place at Bir Hakeim, an oasis in the Libyan desert south and west of Tobruk, during the Battle of Gazala (26 May – 21 June 1942). The 1st Free French Brigade (Général de brigade Marie Pierre Kœnig) defended the position from 26 May – 11 June against much larger Axis forces of Panzerarmee Afrika (Generaloberst Erwin Rommel). The Panzerarmee captured Tobruk ten days later but the delay imposed on the Axis offensive by the defence of the fortress influenced the cancellation of Operation Herkules, the plan for an Axis invasion of Malta. Rommel continued to advance and invaded Egypt, slowed by British delaying actions until the First Battle of El Alamein in July, where the Axis advance was stopped. Both sides used the battle for propaganda, Winston Churchill renamed the Free French as the Fighting French and Hitler called the French the second best fighters after the Germans." (Submitted on February 27, 2018.) 
Categories. War, World II

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