Vocabulaire (2 min) du Reportage Provence

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at the same time as the Normandy landings in June,

débarquement

at the same time as the Normandy [débarquement] in June,

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A force of 50,000 troops

soldats

A force of 50,000 [soldats]

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landed in Provence in Southern France

a atterri

[a atterri] in Provence in Southern France

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Pierre Velsh, a member of the African commandos was among them.

parmi

Pierre Velsh, a member of the African commandos was [parmi] them.

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"We were across the water over there,between the rocks and the islands when it started.

de l'autre côté

"We were [de l'autre côté] the water over there,between the rocks and the islands when it started.

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20 landing vessels arrived on the beach where we're now,

navires

20 landing [navires] arrived on the beach where we're now,

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and when we set foot on the

avons posé le pied

and when we [avons posé le pied] on the

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sand,

sable

[sable],

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we didn't even have wet feet, there were 600 men on this small beach,

les pieds mouillés

we didn't even have [les pieds mouillés], there were 600 men on this small beach,

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and we crossed the gardens to the main road."

route principale

and we crossed the gardens to the [route principale]."

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The goal of Operation Dragoon

objectif

The [objectif] of Operation Dragoon

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launched by the Americans

lancée

[lancée] by the Americans

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Provence with its deep-water ports and

en eau profonde

Provence with its [en eau profonde] ports and

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rugged terrain was a deliberate choice.

terrain accidenté

[terrain accidenté] was a deliberate choice.

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most of their fortifications were on the English Channel

Manche

most of their fortifications were on the [Manche]

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and most of the divisions based in the south went to fight in Normandy.

combattre

and most of the divisions based in the south went [combattre] in Normandy.

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500 soldiers died in battle, far fewer than the 10,000 killed in Normandy on the 6th of June.

bien moins que

500 soldiers died in battle, [bien moins que]the 10,000 killed in Normandy on the 6th of June.

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The Germans were overwhelmed by the

étaient dépassés

The Germans [étaient dépassés] by the

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scale and speed of the attack:

échelle

[échelle] and speed of the attack:

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"We never thought it was going to be that simple, we were really expecting a response

si simple

"We never thought it was going to be [si simple], we were really expecting a response

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but in the end that didn't happen, lucky for us."

tant mieux pour nous

but in the end that didn't happen, [tant mieux pour nous]."

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It meant that the ports of Toulon and Marseille were freed by August 28

ont été libérés

It meant that the ports of Toulon and Marseille [ont été libérés] by August 28

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earlier than expected.

plus tôt que prévu

[plus tôt que prévu].

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Success was possible thanks to the essential support of the French Resistance:

grâce à

Success was possible [grâce à] the essential support of the French Resistance:

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and preventing deployment of German

empêchant

and [empêchant] deployment of German

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reinforcements, of which there were not so many.

renforts

[renforts], of which there were not so many.

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Its most important role was in providing details on German fortifications and troop deployment."

fournir

Its most important role was in [fournir] details on German fortifications and troop deployment."

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They allowed France to sit at the

ont permis

They [ont permis] France to sit at the

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victors' table in Berlin on May, 8, 1945

table de vainqueurs

[table de vainqueurs] in Berlin on May, 8, 1945