Tag Archives: State Responds
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
Funerals (1): Rennes, March 1943. Collection BDIC-MHC (Agence Fulgur). Tous droits réservés.
Official mourning: a poster following the March 1942 attack on Renault’s Billancourt plant. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.
Emergency relief: a Red Cross canteen for bombed-out families in the Paris suburbs. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.
Clearing up (2): Repairing Marseille tramlines. Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille, 29/II/4.
Clearing up (1): As these pictures from Marseille show, much of the effort of clearing-up, especially when there was a chance of finding anyone alive, was done by men with picks and shovels, or even their bare hands. Courtesy Archives … Continue reading
Transporting the wounded. These five pictures show the job being done by regular civil defence workers, by nuns, and (according to the caption) by young fascists of the National-Revolutionary Youth. Collection BDIC-MHC (photo DNP). Tous droits réservés.
Trapped victims. The immediate task of civil defence teams after a raid (here, on the Paris suburbs, probably in May 1944) was to dig out the living or, when this could not be done immediately, to pump fresh air to … Continue reading
Shelters: digging a ‘family trench’ in Avranches, summer 1944. Useless against a direct hit, this shelter would have protected its occupants against blast and splinters. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.
Propaganda: a brochure stigmatises the Allies’ destruction of cultural heritage in a ‘Jewish war’. Courtesy Archives Départementales de la Loire, 2/W/3.29. Tous droits réservés