Villefranche De Rouergue

Villefranche-de-Rouergue is a town with 12,000 inhabitants in the Aveyron department.

During World War II, a large 13th Waffen SS Handschar (1st Croatian) division that was consisted mainly of Bosnian muslims and Croats was posted to the town. One battalion staged a rebellion against the Nazis on 17 September 1943, but were soon suppressed and mostly executed on site. The few that escaped inspired the founding of the French resistance in Aveyron which had not been established until that date. In honor of the events that took place, after the war an avenue in Villefranche-de-Rouergue was named Avenue des Croates (Avenue of Croats).




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