Page 252. " they've taken over the entire country "

Spooked by Allied successes in North Africa, and fearing an imminent invasion of southern France, on 11 November 1942 the German army broke the terms of the 1940 Armistice and occupied the southern Vichy zone as well.

Nimbus Libéré image
Public DomainNimbus Libéré image - Credit: Golden Age Cartoons

To maintain control, the Nazis used some surprising subject matter for propaganda purposes.  In 1944 they made a cartoon called Nimbus Libéré, depicting a man listening to the radio in German-occupied France and hearing that his country is about to be liberated.  The radio broadcaster is a Jewish caricature. The US Air Force is manned by a host of American cartoon characters such as Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Popeye.

The man’s house is bombed: the Americans have destroyed those they came to save.


Page 257. " Pétain played the Marseillaise "

La Marseillaise is the French national anthem.    The song was written just three years after the French Revolution, while France was under attack from Prussia and Austria.  The timing goes some way to explaining the bloodthirsty lyrics.  It was originally called War Song for the Army of the Rhine.   

The anthem was banned by Napoleon, and only reinstated as France's official national anthem in 1879.


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Allons enfants de la Patrie/Le jour de gloire est arrivé ! /Contre nous de la tyrannie/ L'étendard sanglant est levé/Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes/Mugir ces féroces soldats?/Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras./Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes citoyens/Formez vos bataillons/Marchez, marchez/Qu'un sang impur/Abreuve nos sillons


Arise children of the fatherland/The day of glory has arrived/Against us tyranny's/Bloody standard is raised/Listen to the sound in the fields/The howling of these fearsome soldiers/They are coming into our midst/To cut the throats of your sons and consorts

To arms citizens/Form you battalions/March, march/Let impure blood/Water our furrows