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Four years since the war began to ravage the world. Nevertheless, 1943 marked a turning point: The army of the Reich is no longer invincible

  • On January 31, the army of Marshal Von Paulus surrendered to the Soviet army, Stalingrad has fallen and the Russian front is beginning to crumble.

  • On May 12, while Rommel, the Desert Fox had been in Berlin for a long time, the remains of his Afrika Korps surrendered to the Allies.

  • In June, the Air Forces stationed in Europe decided to coordinate their attacks on common targets: the RAF at night and USAF in daylight.

  • On July 5, "Operation Citadel" was launched, the largest tank battle of all time: the German side with 800,000 men and 2,700 tanks against the 1.300 million men and 3,600 tanks of the Red Army. Despite the commitment of the new Panther tank, the German troops lost what history has called the Battle of Kursk.

Finally, on July 10, the Allies landed in Sicily. For one night, the RAF's efforts are diverted from the Ruhr and will bomb Italy to create chaos in their communication and supply forces Duce.

Thus, on the nights of July 12 & 13, 1943, on the shores of Lake Geneva, the elements are unleashed when a stream of British bombers overflew Switzerland.

Five minutes before midnight, an aircraft struck the side of Mt Grammont. At dawn, the Swiss troops dispatched on-site found the magnitude of the disaster :  there is virtually nothing left of the wreck, the shock was fatal to the crew.

While many people in the area of Bouveret know that a plane crashed during World War II, no one had so far sought to learn more about the circumstances of the accident.

After more than 20 years of extensive research, it is now possible to consider what really happened that night.

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