“Paris”


“Paris” (August 1944)
by Gordon Campbell
8 x 11 in., ink on paper
Coppola Collection

This one is a mystery. I have a feeling it could be a retrospective commemoration rather than a cartoon contemporary to 1944. Putting the notation “WWII” seems a little curious (unless it is modern). I could be wrong. Other than the Canadian and strictly-not-this-artist Gordon Campbell, I have not tracked down who this might be. CAF member George Hagenauer has a color “Gordon Campbell” page that is thought to be a try-out strip (“Rita Ray”) but that’s it so far.

The liberation of Paris took place during World War II from August 19-25, 1944, resulting in a German garrison surrendering at the French capital. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Armistice on June 22, 1940, after which the Wehrmacht occupied northern and western France. The liberation began when the French Resistance staged an uprising against the German garrison upon the approach of the US Third Army, led by General George Patton.

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