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Marcel PINTE, dit Quinquin

French Marcel PINTE, dit Quinquin

French member of the French Resistance

Source :  Jean Pierre BROCHARD

Born: on April 12, 1938 in Valenciennes, Nord, France
Died: on August 19, 1944 in Aixe-sur-Vienne, Haute-Vienne, France


He was notable for his youth, dying at age six, and is regarded as France's youngest resistance hero.

Pinte was born in Valenciennes in April 1938. His father, Eugene Pinte, was a local resistance leader who used his farmhouse in Aixe-sur-Vienne to receive coded messages from London and coordinate parachute drops in a field nearby.

From a young age Marcel acted as a courier for local resistance fighters. He was given the nickname "Quinquin" after a children's song.

He was killed, aged six, on 19 August 1944 when he was hit by several bullets from a unintential discharge by a Sten gun shortly after a large group of resistance fighters had landed by parachute.

Pinte was buried by local resistance fighters on 21 August shortly before the liberation of Limoges.

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