35 Replies to “Secret Messages for the Free French Forces (1940-1944)”

  1. Le dernier message, extrait d'un poéme de Paul Verlaine, annonçait le débarquement allié en Normandie. Les SS croyaient dur comme fer qu'il se ferait dans le Pas de Calais…..

  2. thanks for sharing this incredible content. If you had not posted this here, these voices may have been lost forever.

  3. Very interesting and excatly what I need for my SOE re-enactment display as most these messages would have been aimed at SOE controlled groups and agents

  4. hi all.
    can someone help me to the french transcript of the radio message (in french) of the the intro of the movie the longest day.
    ive found the original transcript but they dont match with the ones from the movie.
    so, can somebody help me out?

  5. First verse came in late May…The long sobs of the violins of AutumnSecond verse in the hours before 72 years ago today,Wound my heart with monotous langour…..

  6. Is it true that the music notes playing constantly, that we hear in the background, were broadcasted by the Germans to try to make the messages impossible to hear ? I always wondered about these ongoing notes during the messages. Anybody know ?

  7. Le poème de Verlaine: est-ce l'enregistrement original ? On l'entend ailleurs, mais il vient du film "Le jour le plus long", donc refait en studio.

  8. The last line — "wound my heart with monotonous languor" — was the signal the French Resistance had long awaited. The Allied liberation of Europe was to begin within 48 hours, and the Resistance was to commence sabotaging Nazi infrastructure ahead of the Allied invasion of Normandy.

  9. Part 1
    Les sanglots longs des violons de l'automne
    (the Autumn violins long sobs)
    = ALERT !
    Part 2
    Blessent mon coeur d'une langueur monotone
    (wound my heart with a monotonous languor)
    = D-DAY !!!
    Let us not forget the fact a tremendous percentage of arrests/executions happened between this message and the effective liberation, geography-wise. France, Belgium, Netherlands, many paid the ultimate price due to collaborators/German army just weeks/days before the Jeeps were seen rollin'.

  10. I was watching the spy film "13 Rue Madeleine" and in one scene James Cagney tells the French resistance fighters that he will communicate a message to London for them to broadcast back to France in order to prove he is an Allie. They give him the message "a lamb is to be slaughtered" and we see them listening to a radio program with "personal messages"…all of them sounding like nursery rhymes. They were waiting to hear the line repeated back. I wasn't sure if this was made up for the film, but obviously it wasn't. Thanks for posting this! Radio codes were such a fascinating – and vital – part of WWII.

  11. The background noises and static were indeed attempts to drown out the signals where jamming was ineffective.
    But as another poster has said, the beginning of the broadcast (and indeed all the broadcasts although here they have been truncated), the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth were played. These notes represent the letter V (for victory) in Morse code, that is, dot dot dot dash.

  12. I adress this to the author of the video, the last line is incorrect, the poem says "berce mon cœur d'une langueur monotone"
    Which means "soothe/lull my heart of monotonic languor"
    Not wound.

  13. Its scary to think that scheduled broadcasts were interrupted then a weird audio with static in the backround accompanied with scary and weird jumble of code words.. then jumping back

  14. In preparation for Operation Overlord, the BBC had signaled to the French Resistance the opening lines of Paul Verlaine's poem "Chanson d'Automne". The first line signaled that the invasion would occur in two weeks, while the second gave them 48 hours notice to commit acts of sabotage against Nazi and Vichy French supply and train lines.

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