Category Archives: Allied Strategies, 1940-45
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
‘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.
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.
‘To the inhabitants of this town.’ The last warning: this leaflet, dropped in Normandy on the eve of the D-Day landings, made no reference to a specific locality and was ignored by most people who read it. Courtesy Mémorial de … Continue reading
‘Towards the final assault’: early in April 1944, Le Courrier de l’Air announced the start of the ‘Transportation Plan’ – but remained silent on civilian casualties. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/2.
‘Enemy aerodromes in France hammered’: Le Courrier de l’Air, 21 February 1944. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/2.
‘Preparing the final assault’: in January 1944 Le Courrier de l’Air linked raids on German industrial targets in France to the imminent liberation of Western Europe. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/2.
This issue of Le Courrier de l’Air, from December 1943, combines triumphant claims on the RAF’s bombing record with a warning from the French National Resistance Council and the announcement of René Massigli’s appointment as foreign affairs spokesman for the … Continue reading
‘The Allied offensive against the railways.’ This article from Le Courrier de l’Air, in September 1943, made an explicit link between shortages of locomotives and rolling stock in Germany, and raids on rail workshops and locomotive works in France. Courtesy … Continue reading
‘Into the shelters!’ the Courrier de l’Air of 15 July 1943 warns of more air raids and the necessary precautions to take. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, PA/2.