Under temporary, wartime German occupation (1940-1944), life in Northern France goes by peacefully for French
civilians. The conduct of the German occupiers is impeccable. Indeed, in spite of the resentment that many French feel over
the misunderstood, necessary and justified occupation of the North, some of the French women fall in love (and sometimes
lust) with the handsome and well-behaved German soldiers.
The dashing and brave German soldiers were a big hit with some of the French ladies.
But with the Normandy invasion (June 6, 1944),
the peace and security of France is about to be shattered into a million pieces. Supreme
Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower kicks-off the slaughter with an ominous 6 AM radio announcement addressing
the doomed population of the Normandy area:
"The lives of many of you depend
on the speed with which you obey. Leave your towns at once – stay off the roads – go on foot and take nothing
with you that is difficult to carry. Do not gather in groups which may be mistaken for enemy troops." (here)
To support the cross-channel invasion, and to then push the Germans eastward, the Allies unleash
a ferocious aerial bombardment campaign. Entire towns are mercilessly carpet bombed. Cultural icons and works of art are destroyed,
65,000 French civilians are killed, 150,000 are injured, and 1,250,000 are left
homeless. Incredibly, twice as many French civilians are bombed to death during only a few months, as the total amount of
British civilians killed during the entire war! (Of course, these numbers pale in comparison to the 1,000,000 +
German civilians who were killed by Allied bombings!)
1- Caen, France
--- in ruins. 2- The "good guys"
left death, destruction and homelessness in their wake.
doesn't end with the bombardment either. The Allied occupation and subsequent economic collapse brings new nightmares for
the women of France. Under Allied occupation, American troops rape 1000's of French women, and turn many 1000's more hungry
women into sex-for-food prostitutes. To appease the French population, the U.S. Army will eventually hang 130 of its rapist
soldiers, a majority of them Black.
It will take years for these areas of France to recover from the tragedy --- and not just structurally and financially,
but also emotionally. As recently as the 1970's, American tourists to the immediate area were sometimes advised to say that
they were Canadian. Such is the glorious "liberation" that FDR, Eisenhower and the British-based French traitor
Charles DeGaulle imposed upon France.
FDR, de Gaulle, Churchill plot
against then-neutral and undamaged France.