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Courseulles-sur-Mer in Calvados Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

Message to the French Resistance

La chanson d’automne - Fall Song

 
 
Message to the French Resistance Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
1. Message to the French Resistance Monument
Inscription. Les sanglots longs
Des violons
De l’automne

Blessent mon coeur
D’une langueur
Monotone.

Extraits de “La chanson d’automne”, poème de Paul Verlaine La première partie fut radiodiffusée sur la BBC dans la nuit du 1er au 2 juin 1944 pour annoncer l’éventualité d’un débarguement allié en France. Le seconde partie fut radiodiffusée dans le soirée du 5 juin 1944. Elle confirmait, auprès de La Résistance, l’imminence de Débarquement.

[English translation:]
The long sobs
of the violins
of Autumn

Wound my heart
with a monotonous
languor.

Excerpts from "The Fall Song" poem by Paul Verlaine The first part was broadcast on the BBC on the night of 1 to 2 June 1944 to announce the possibility of the allied landing in France. The second part was broadcast in the evening of 5 June 1944. It confirmed, to the Resistance, the imminent landing.
 
Location. 49° 20.245′ N, 0° 27.634′ W. Marker is in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie, in Calvados Département. Marker can be reached from Voie des Français Libres. Touch for map. This marker is located at the Canadian Juno Beach Visitors Center near the beach. Marker is in this post office area: Courseulles-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie 14470, France.
 
Other nearby markers.

Message to the French Resistance Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
2. Message to the French Resistance Monument
At least 8 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Royal Canadian Navy Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fourth Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Juno Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of All Canadian Gunners (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Arromanches-les-Bains : La Bataille d’Arromanches (approx. 11.5 kilometers away); Allan Beckett Memorial (approx. 11.6 kilometers away); Passerell de Route Flottante de Port Mulberry (approx. 11.6 kilometers away); Mulberry Harbours Memorial (approx. 11.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courseulles-sur-Mer.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chanson d'automne. Wikipedia article in English, on Paul Verlaine's poem, Chanson d’automne and its use to signal the French Resistance. “In preparation for Operation Overlord, the BBC had signaled to the French Resistance that the opening lines of the 1866 Verlaine poem “Chanson d’Automne” were to indicate the start of D-Day operations. The first three lines of the poem ... meant that Operation Overlord was to start within two weeks. These lines were broadcast on 1 June 1944. The next set of lines ... meant that it would start within 48 hours and that the resistance should begin sabotage operations
Juno Beach image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 30, 2012
3. Juno Beach
especially on the French railroad system; these lines were broadcast on 5 June at 23:15” (Submitted on November 10, 2012.) 

2. D-Day: The French Resistance. “The French Resistance was a key element in the succes of the D-Day landings. General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote after the War, ‘Throughout France the Resistance had been of inestimable value in the campaign. Without their great assistance the liberation of France would have consumed a much longer time and meant greater losses to ourselves’.” (Submitted on November 11, 2012.) 
 
Additional keywords. D-Day, French Resistance
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 687 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on December 30, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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