Editorial: As I write these lines, the history of Europe has been taking an unimaginable turn over the past few months and this has once again made us aware of the fragility of our democracies and our freedoms. Throughout history, thousands of men and women have fought and made the supreme sacrifice with one goal: to defend these treasures, which are neither acquired nor due. These fighters today take on the face of Ukrainians, civilians or soldiers, and international volunteers. Make no mistake about it, they are also defending us. These events also teach us how important history is and how it should not be manipulated. We have just moved into a new world and it was not the one we expected... Let's take the bet that the best will come out of it, which sometimes happens after the most brutal periods of crisis. Our issue is precisely about freedom fighters. Those of 80 years ago, wearing the free French colors but whose ideal was the same. Beyond the fantastic work done by Bertrand Hugot for our file dedicated to the Alsace hunting group, two things struck me when it was set to music. The first is the youth of these first FAFL and their ideal pegged to the body. The second, which allows me to conclude this editorial with a little more lightness, is that I have often come to mind this unforgettable quote from René Goscinny: “All of Gaul is occupied by the Romans… Not all of it! A village populated by irreducible Gauls still and always resists the invader. A little humor, freedom and hope for hope.
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Summary of this n° 4: - Direct line - The Testot-Ferry tadpole - The choice of editor - Heritage: 1940, The treasures of the Évreux air base - Portfolio: In the Album of Charles Trescases, 1939-1945 - File: GC 1 Alsace, September 1942, September 1943 - Alkan model 1935 collimators - Air Force Marks and Paints Episode 4