on June 1st 1944 the B.B.C. broadcast to the Resistance networks in
France, and over the radio came the familiar B.B.C'S call sign, the
opening bars of Beethoven's fifth symphony, dot-dot-dot-dash, then
a short message
longs des violins de l'automne" ("The
long sobbing of the violins of Autumn") This prearranged
signal was to put all the Resistance groups throughout France on "alert".
The most important
message from the B.B.C. to the French Resistance, was made on June
.. "Blessent mon coeur
d'une langueur monotone" ("Wound
my heart with a monotonous languor") Which spurred the
Resistance into action against the Germans, at least one thousand
attacks throughout France took place that night, destroying telephone
lines, fuel dumps, communication systems, ammunition dumps, bridges,
and de-railing trains carrying troops and ammunition to Normandy.
S.O.E. Radio and code books.