Daily Archives: March 6, 2012

‘Cowards! – France will not forget!’

‘Cowards! – France will not forget!’ The simplest collaborationist French poster against the bombing, with the Parisian basilica of Sacré Coeur in the background. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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‘Murderers always return to the scene of their crime’

‘Murderers always return to the scene of their crime’: a Vichy French poster links the bombing of Rouen with the burning of Joan of Arc by the British in the same city. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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‘Thanks to the British – our stations of the Cross’

‘Thanks to the British – our stations of the Cross’: in a poster redolent of the Anglophobia characteristic of much of the Vichy government, a French soldier is borne down by the weight of a cross, apparently forced upon him … Continue reading

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‘The British started it’

‘The British started it’: a leaflet claims that the British first bombed civilian populations. The Vichy press also liked to present the Germans as more ‘precise’ in their bombing.  Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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‘The British did this to us!’

‘The British did this to us!’ In this Vichy poster, the mocking figure of a pipe-smoking RAF pilot looms behind a wounded French soldier and a bombed-out family. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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‘Yesterday’s ally’

‘Yesterday’s ally’: a caricature of Churchill links the bombing campaign with Britain’s ‘betrayal’ of France during the battle of May-June 1940. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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Emergency relief

Emergency relief: the Vichy government equipped two relief trains to bring medical assistance, food aid, clothes and a claims processing office to air raid victims. Though often hampered by damage to the rail network, the trains proved their usefulness on … Continue reading

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Funerals (1):

Funerals (1): Rennes, March 1943. Collection BDIC-MHC (Agence Fulgur). Tous droits réservés.

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Official mourning

Official mourning: a poster following the March 1942 attack on Renault’s Billancourt plant. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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Red Cross canteen for bombed-out families

Emergency relief: a Red Cross canteen for bombed-out families in the Paris suburbs. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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