National Geographic : 1965 Apr
Rugged granite ramparts, some as old as 700 years, squeeze little St. Malo, the "City of Corsairs" from which daring sailors have embarked for centuries. Occupying Germans made a fortress of the town in World War II, when it still looked as it did in the August, 1929, issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (inset). Fort National crowns the offshore isle where Germans kept hostages during the war. In August, 1944, as American infantry moved close, the enemy fired St. Malo and left it in ruins. Undaunted, the Malouins rebuilt, scrupulously recapturing the old-time aspect. Through it all, Jacques Cartier, the discoverer of Canada's St. Lawrence River, has kept his place atop a pedestal on a rampart terrace (lower left). 497 COMPAGNIEAERIENNE FRANCAISE:KODACHROMEBY PHOTOHEURTIER(F N.G .