The Invasion Warning to Occupied Europe.
At Last. At Last
Prior to our landings there had to be adequate warning to the people of occupied France Belgium and Holland of the coming invasion. There had been messages passed over the radio in code to resistance groups for some considerable time during the years of occupation, messages that made little sense except to those who knew the code. "Uncle amos lost his teacups". "The river runs high today". "Francoise is thirty one". In preparation for the coming invasion the early warning message was to be a verse from a French poet. Verlain.
The first warning to be broadcast was to inform the population that the invasion was to take place shortly. The second broadcast to inform the people the invasion was to take place NOW. There has seldom been a broadcast with such momentous import, signalling the death of thousands of men and the destruction of the Norman Countryside.
The first warning in French was as follows:
"Les sllnglots longs des violons de Autumne"
"The long sobs of the violins of Autumn"
The second warning telling Europe that the invasion was to take place now was:
"Blessant mon coure d,un langouer monotone"
"Bless my heart with monotonous langour"
Somehow these words seem to reflect the magnitude of the events that were to follow.
The invasion by a mighty fleet, valiant deeds, many that went unrecognized, and the freeing of the enslaved peoples of occupied Europe. For us elderly Veterans who took part it was a great endeavour.
What ever happens to us, we shall always be aware that we had a part in the shaping of history, we took part in those mighty battles, battles, where men died for what was right! Eventually, resulting in the freeing of the enslaved people of the continent from the evil disease of the Nazi yoke. Seldom in our long history could there have been a better cause than this. i am very proud to have taken part in this great crusade.