Mémoire du Maquis, history resource

Plateau des Glières

The Les Glières Plateau is a Second World War remembrance site. From 31 January to 26 March 1944, nearly 500 men gathered here, under the command of Lieutenant

Tom Morel, then Captain Maurice Anjot, to take delivery of weapons. After two months, those who had chosen “to live in freedom or to die” faced a massive, combined attack from the forces of Vichy and the Wehrmacht. Over 140 maquisards lost their lives

Things to see on the Les Glières Plateau, a site which is emblematic of Resistance values:


The Mémoire du Maquis history resource is open to the public approximately ten months of the year, and activities, events and visits are regularly organised there. Run by the Haute-Savoie Departmental Authority, this multimedia space is equipped with interactive terminals that enable you to freely consult the CD-ROM ‘The Resistance en Haute-Savoie’ and the website ‘Mémoire des Alpes’. It also has a projection room, where you can watch a historical portrayal of Les Glières, ‘To live in freedom or to die’ (52 mins) or the documentary ‘August 1944: the liberation of Annecy and Haute-Savoie’ (25 mins). There is also a gift shop.


The historical discovery trail: In the middle of the plateau, around the parachute drop zone, this waymarked trail charts the organisation and everyday life of the Les Glières battalion during the winter of 1944. Lasting two hours, it is accessible to walkers of all abilities. A worksheet is available for children to complete by reading the information boards along the path.


The National Monument to the Resistance: This work of modern art by Émile Gilioli symbolises resistance and hope. It was built in 1973 on the initiative of the Association des Glières. Inside the monument are other works by the artist. When you approach the Les Glières Plateau, the National Monument to the Resistance appears to sit on the grass of this vast meadow, its geometry mimicking the shapes of the mountains, in particular the Montagne de Jalouvre, which serves as its backdrop. It is a sculpture without substance, a bas-relief that appears disproportionately larger against a background of nature, its white mass standing out from the rest of the landscape.

 

 

Sources: © Mémoire du Maquis, accueil historique

  • Mémoire du Maquis, history resource, Les Glières Plateau. © Dep74/Viviano Mancini

  • National Monument to the Resistance, made in 1973 by Émile Gilioli, Les Glières Plateau. © Dep74/Viviano Mancini

  • Historical discovery trail and Émile Gilioli’s National Monument to the Resistance, Les Glières Plateau. © Dep74/Viviano Mancini

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    Practical information

    Address

    Plateau des Glières 74570
    Thorens-Glière
    04 50 33 21 31

    Prices

    - Full price: € 3 - Young people: € 2 (ages 9-25) - Groups: € 2 (over 11 people) - Free for children under 8 and veterans - Passes/combination tickets: two-site pass, family pass

    Weekly opening hours

    Daily except Saturdays, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm July and August: Open daily, 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm

    Fermetures annuelles

    October to February Local tourist office: Office de Tourisme de Pays de Fillière - 22, place de la Mairie - 74570 Thorens-Glières - Tel.: +33 (0)4 50 22 40 31

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