Marcel, known as Quinquin after a children’s song, acted as a courier for resistance fighters who opposed the Nazi occupation during World War II, walking past enemy patrols and carrying messages under his shirt.
His father, Eugène Pinte, was a local leader of the “army of shadows” led from London by Charles de Gaulle, which set up an operations center on a farm near Aixe-sur-Vienne. His farm received coded messages from London and airdrops of supplies to a nearby field.
Marcel died, at the age of six, on August 19, 1944, when a large deployment of resistance fighters arrived by parachute before a planned battle around Aix as Allied forces began to liberate France.
They were heavily armed and Marcel was hit by several bullets when a Sten submachine gun accidentally exploded.
“People who walk past this war memorial will notice its name and especially its age,” said family member Marc Pinte.
“It’s an honor. It sheds light on those who remained in the shadows but who fought for freedom.Several days after Marcel’s death, containers fell on the ground in a final drop, but the parachutes were black.
“The British knew that little Marcel was playing a real role. This parachute was the calling card sent to the family, ”Pinte told World.
In 1950, Marcel was posthumously awarded the rank of sergeant of the resistance. In 2013, he posthumously received an official “Volunteer Resistance Fighters” card from the National Bureau of War Veterans and Victims.