Tag Archives: 1943

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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The village of Dugny

The village of Dugny, north of Paris, was wrecked in a US 8th Air Force raid on Le Bourget airfield on 16 August 1943. Photo Bippa. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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Death at the races

Death at the races: on 4 April 1943, bombs from an 8th Air Force raid on Renault’s Billancourt plant fell on Longchamp racecourse during a spring race meeting. According to Jean Galtier-Boissière (Journal 1940-1950 (Paris: Quai Voltaire, 1992), p. 143), … Continue reading

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Only one-fifth of bombs dropped…

Only one-fifth of bombs dropped by Bomber Command’s raid on Le Creusot on 19/20 June 1943 hit the industrial targets there. A hospital was among the other buildings damaged. Collection BDIC-MHC. Photo NORA. Tous droits réservés.

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SIPEG train in Le Creusot

‘Nos Villes dans la Tourmente’: the SIPEG train in Le Creusot, June 1943. Courtesy Archives Municipales de Rouen, 4/H/14.2. Tous droits réservés.

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Pétain’s visit to Montluçon

‘Nos Villes dans la Tourmente’: Pétain’s visit to Montluçon after the RAF had raided the Dunlop plant on 15/16 September 1943. Courtesy Archives Municipales de Rouen, 4/H/14.2. Tous droits réservés.

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Issue 74 of L’Amérique en Guerre

Issue 74 of L’Amérique en Guerre, dropped early in November 1943, inspired a Vichy imitation, closely following the original – and steeped in anti-semitism. The term ‘Europe’ – a euphemism for Hitler’s New Order – is opposed to the ‘Jewish … Continue reading

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‘Happy Birthday!’

‘Happy Birthday!’ In August 1943, L’Amérique en Guerre invited its readers to celebrate the first anniversary of the first raid on French territory by the US 8th Air Force. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/1.

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List of future targets in France

In November 1943, L’Amérique en Guerre took the unusual step of publishing a list of future targets in France, though without saying when they would be hit. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/1.

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