The 551st operated along the coast of southern France and in the Maritime Alps
along the Franco/ltalian border from September to November of 1944.
Mt Gelas is the highest point in the Maritime Alps
at 3,143m and the park is home to the holm oak, the Mediterranean olive tree, rhododendrons, firs, spruces and larches.
It is in the Maritime Alps
, 15km from the Mediterranean coast and the lively Riviera towns of Alassio and Albenga.
The names given to some of the individual rooms are highly significant: 'Two great patrons in Aosta and Sion', 'Woodcarvers on the Alpine routes'; 'The Western Alps and Flanders'; 'Over the Mountain Passes: painters and sculptors on two sides of the Alps' and the 'Val d'Aosta in the fifteenth century'; 'The southern border: Liguria and the Maritime Alps
' point to the impossibility of understanding this region in the 19th- and 20th-century terms of a nation-state.
Both men spent Sunday night in freezing temperatures after losing their way in the popular climbing area in the Maritime Alps
, near the border between Italy and France.
Beautifully cradled between France's Maritime Alps
and the city's azure Baie des Anges, Nice has enjoyed being Queen of the Riviera since the mid-19th century.
He died where he had lived for much of the past five decades, in the lovely principality of Monaco, where the Maritime Alps
march down to the Mediterranean Sea.
The first technopole, the Parc International de Recherches de Sophia-Antipolis, in Valbonne, was founded in 1969 by Pierre Laffitte, a member of the Senate from the Maritime Alps
A medieval village between Nice and Monaco, Eze perches like an eagle's nest on a peak in the Maritime Alps
1,550 feet above the sea.
Apart from maritime Alps
, cobalt-blue ocean, millionaires' yachts and a nice casino, there are few differences between Tottenham High Road and Monte Carlo - except Spurs legend Ledley King did not switch on the Christmas lights in Monaco.
These plains are sheltered by the Alps and Italy's Maritime Alps
so balloons can fly at any time of year.