Paris Is Free: "Merci! Merci! Merci!"

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The news that made the whole free world catch its breath last week was the news that Paris was free. It was one of the great days of all time. For Paris is the city of all free mankind, and its liberation last week was one of the great events of all time.

This event was reported by the first U.S. newsman to enter Paris, TIME'S Chief War Correspondent Charles Christian Wertenbaker. With LIFE'S Photographer Robert Capa, and Private Hubert Stickland of Norfolk, Va. as driver, Werten-baker's jeep drove directly behind General...