PAN Paris

“Les Compagnons”: Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération

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  • October 13, 2019
    2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

This is an unusual FREE visit of this little known museum, located within the Hôtel des Invalides. The staged tour is led by actors who embody some of the greatest figures in the history of  The French Résistance. 


The Order of Liberation (in French: Ordre de la Libération) is a French decoration which was awarded to heroes of the Liberation of France during World War II. It is a very high honor, second only after the Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honor). Very few people (1038), military units and communes (5) received this decoration, and only for their deeds during World War II. The Order of Liberation was established by General de Gaulle, in order n° 7, signed in Brazzaville on November 16, 1940. The object of the Order was to “reward people, from military or civilian communities, who have distinguished themselves in the task of liberating France and her Empire”.

There were no restrictions as to age, sex, rank, origin or nationality; nor any regarding the nature of the deeds, other than their exceptional quality.

The Order has a single rank, the title of Compagnon de la Libération (Companion of the Liberation). General de Gaulle, founder of the Order, was the only Grand Maître (Grand Master) of the Order.

The last awards to French citizens, units and communes were made on 23 January 1946. Awards to foreign nationals were made until 1960. Nearly 10% of the recipients of the Order were younger than 20 at the beginning of the war. The youngest, Mathurin Henrio, was 14 when he was shot dead by Nazi officers for refusing to answer questions on the whereabouts of Maquisards.


The 1 hour 15  minute visit is free, bur registration with your first and last name is obligatory. Please register individually above to record your names!




Hôtel des Invalides, 51 bis boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, Paris, 75007


Located within the Hôtel des Invalides

Entrance through the Musée de l’Armée, at 51 bis boulevard de la Tour Maubourg.

M°: Line 8 La Tour Maubourg

Line 13: Saint François Xavier

Bus: Place Vauban: line 82,  92