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French Freedom Fighters Bronze Monument
Bronze monument statue of French Freedom Fighters created for Colmar, France by Stan Watts
Bronze monument of the French Freedom Fighters
Sculpture by Artist Stan Watts

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Bronze monument statue of French Freedom Fighters created for Colmar, France by sculptor Stan Watts
Photo and caption credit: Christian Probasco
Utah artist Stan Watts stands with
his bronze sculptures, “French
Freedom Fighters” soon after their
unveiling in Colmar on July 27.
Watts had spent 36 hours prior to
the unveiling assembling and
positioning the work on its base.
The statues commemorate the
“common” soldiers who won the
pivotal battle of Koufra, in Libya, for
the Free French during W.W. II. On
the left is a young Daniel Nevot, the
war hero who commissioned the
statues from Watts, and on the right
is an unnamed colonial “tirailleur” or
rifleman. At the onset of the war, the
tirailleurs made up the majority of
the Free French forces.

Contact Stan Watts at Atlas Bronze Casting for a consultation about your custom bronze sculpture project.

1(801)967-0557

Bronze monument sculpture of French Freedom Fighters created for Colmar, France by Stan Watts
This bronze sculpture of the French Freedom Fighters portrays soldiers who fought for France in World War II.
The statue was sculpted by American artist Stan Watts, owner of Atlas Bronze Casting of Kearns, Utah.
The war memorial monument is located in Colmar, France.
The last living French Freedom Fighter, Daniel Nevot, was the model for one of the two French soldiers in the sculpture.

To view an article in the Deseret News about Daniel Nevot
and this bronze soldier memorial, click here

Bronze sculpture of French Freedom Fighters in Colmar, France created by artist  Stan Watts
Custom Soldier Memorial Sculptures by Internationally sought after Artist Stan Watts and his foundry Atlas Bronze Casting.  Stan creates custom sculpted veterans memorials like the one seen on this page which is located in Colmar, France.


 War hero Daniel Nevot unveils Utah sculptor Stan Watts’ “Free French Fighters” statues in Colmar

By Christian Probasco

COLMAR, FRANCE--A bronze artwork of two W.W. II heroes was unveiled by one of its subjects during a ceremony in Colmar, France on July 27.

Soaked by rain, Lt. Daniel Nevot, now 90, was joined by a member of the Association des Anciens (Association of Veterans) and base commander Col. Henry de Medlege in drawing
a French flag away from Utah sculptor Stan Watts’ statues, the “Free French Fighters,” at the new headquarters of his unit, the Regiment de Marche du Tchad (Chad Marine Infantry
Regiment).

The unveiling was the first ceremony of many for the purpose of celebrating the regiment’s relocation from Noyon to a former Air Force base in Colmar and the transfer of the unit’s
command from de Medlege to Col. Philippe Francois. De Medlege is taking a command in Afghanistan.

“These statues will remind our soldiers that the regiment is a family, and that it has a proud history,” said de Medlege at the unveiling.

“The new statues represent a link between the regiment’s past and present,” said Francois. “Though the regiment is young, these statues will remind us that it has a rich heritage.”
Francois added that Nevot life had a symbolic connection to the spirit of renewal embodied by the regiment. Nevot had “renewed his life” on many occasions. He was one of the first
soldiers (number 187) to answer Charles de Gaulle’s call to continue the fight against the Axis armies after the capitulation of France. Then he served in the French colonies and
became a master of fencing and judo. After his retirement from the military, he moved to Texas and taught fencing for 22 years at St. Mark’s School in Dallas. After the death of his first
wife, Anne Marie, he remarried and moved to St. George, Utah, the state where his daughter Patricia Johnson lives, and where his idol, John Wayne, filmed many of his movies.

Watts’ homage to the freedom fighters depicts a young Nevot and an anonymous colonial “tirailleur” or rifleman at the onset of the ragtag Free French army’s siege of the Italian
stronghold of Koufra in Libya. The victory there by the French troops against superior forces inspired many of their countrymen in France, then under German rule, to join their cause,
and also set the stage for a military campaign from North Africa to Strasbourg on the eastern border of France, and finally, the German homeland.   

Nevot commanded an armored car during the battle of Koufra and subsequent raids on Axis supply depots in the Sahara Desert. With only two compatriots, he captured an Italian
fortress and took 150 enemy soldiers prisoner. He was nearly killed on several other occasions, including a knife fight with a sentry, a strafing attack by German warplanes and an
encounter with an anti-tank mine in France that demolished the motorcycle on which he had been delivering messages for his superiors.

The tirailleur is a symbolic figure, meant to represent the colonial soldiers who made up the majority of the Free French forces at the onset of their struggle, without whom victory
would not have been possible.   

The statues stand across the base’s main courtyard from a bust of Gen. Philippe Leclerc, Nevot’s commander during the war, who vowed with his men to continue the fight until their
flag flew over the Cathedral of Strasbourg—an oath that was fulfilled on Nov. 23, 1944.

Several ceremonies followed the unveiling over the next two days. There was a review of the troops, a transfer of the base’s command, a military parade, a tour of the base’s new
museum and several speeches concerning the unique heritage of the regiment.

While his wife Helen and daughters Rosette and Patricia, and other family members from France and the United States watched from the audience, Nevot accompanied de Medlege
in awarding citations to the troops, and was then himself awarded an “Officer” Medal of Honor, an upgrade from the “Chevalier” Medal of Honor he had received for his service in
World War II. A room in the base’s museum was also named in his honor.

The transfer of command was overseen by Gen. Martin Klotz of the Second Armored Brigade. Also in attendance during the ceremonies were Francoise Boog, the mayor of nearby
Mayenheim; Col. de Cevins, the former commander of the base and close friend of Nevot’s family, who had originally approved the installation of the statues; many members of the
Association des Anciens and Charles de Hauteclerc, the son of Gen. Leclerc, who awoke at 2 a.m. and drove all night to be at the event, which he said he “would not have missed for
the world.”

During a break in one of the tours of the base, Nevot studied a Harley Davidson of the sort he had ridden while acting as a courier during the war, restored to near-original condition
by Joel Duduoet, who found the machine for sale in Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall and brought it back to life using parts he purchased from eBay.

At the end of the ceremonies, Nevot posed for photos with his family and kissed the flag his regiment had carried from Koufra to Germany.

Nevot , who was a corporal in his early twenties during the war, has said that he wanted the statues he commissioned to represent the rank-and-file soldiers who did most of the
actual fighting and dying in the conflict. During the unveiling ceremony, he told French news agency DNA he had always volunteered for every mission, no matter how dangerous, with
his regiment and his country in mind. He also denied he was a hero. Those who know him beg to differ.

For more information, please contact press agent Christian Probasco at 435-851-6485 / eprobe2002@yahoo.com.


Thank you to Mr. Probasco for permission to reprint the above article.
Click here for a link to the press release regarding the installation of this monument, written by Christian Probasco
 



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