IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. Back in 44 in this commune of Loire-Atlantique

Nearly 150 military vehicles from the Second World War are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Liberation of France at Château du Plessis, in Casson. Until Saturday May 11, 2024, they are brought together at the initiative of the Old Vehicle Heritage association in a US camp.

Jeeps, trucks, assault tanks, half-tracks, amphibious vehicles, motorcycles and cars in the colors of the French Interior Forces straight out of the 1940s have landed in the commune of Loire-Atlantique.

Exhibition and festivities

150 vehicles were gathered in Casson for a US Camp to mark the 80th anniversary of the Liberation of France. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH
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150 vehicles were gathered in Casson for a US Camp to mark the 80th anniversary of the Liberation of France. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH

Since Wednesday May 8, 2024, an American camp has been set up within the castle grounds. An official ceremony, festivities and an exhibition of military vehicles are on the program for this 5th edition of the US camp of Casson.

The camp is set up until Saturday May 11, 2024. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH
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The camp is set up until Saturday May 11, 2024. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH

The military vehicle rally is organized twice a year. The first edition dates back to 2015.

A car painted in the colors of the FFI, the French Interior Forces. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH
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A car painted in the colors of the FFI, the French Interior Forces. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH

Collectors from Belgium and the Netherlands made the trip this year. In 2022, nearly 250 collectors and no less than 120 vehicles gathered for the previous edition.

Historical re-enactment enthusiasts came with period uniforms. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH
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Historical re-enactment enthusiasts came with period uniforms. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH

Walk around Nort-sur-Erdre

The Old Vehicle Heritage association itself owns numerous military and civilian vehicles from before 1945.

Six GMC amphibious vehicles are participating in the rally. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH
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Six GMC amphibious vehicles are participating in the rally. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH

A big walk is planned for Saturday May 11, 2024 morning. The Jeeps and other vehicles present will parade around Nort-sur-Erdre.

This is the fifth edition of this historic event. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH
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This is the fifth edition of this historic event. | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH

Labeled

The fifth edition of this historic event has been labeled a commemorative project. “Liberation in Casson”, supported by the Old Vehicle Heritage association and supported by the town hall, the CCEG and the Department of Loire-Atlantique, was selected by the departmental committee for the 80th anniversary of the Liberation in February 2024.

This project was approved by the departmental committee for the 80th anniversary of the Liberation in February 2024 | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH
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This project was approved by the departmental committee for the 80th anniversary of the Liberation in February 2024 | PHOTO PO-THIERRY BUTZBACH

A total of eight commemorative projects were selected in Châteaubriant, Saffré, Blain, Casson, Le Gavre, Saint-Brevin and Ancenis.

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