Two Months Into War – November 24, 1939
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A little less than two months into the shooting war in Europe, the news was filled reports of preparations and precautions going on throughout Europe. News from the front, with German reconnaissance planes penetrating French lines and being thrown back. Skirmishes in the air. From Paris came word of pending blackouts and preparations for air-raids. The City of Light was about to become a City of Darkness. It was feared, on the anniversary of the end of World War 1, the Germans would stage an air raid over Paris, as something of a retribution. But no such attack took place on the 11th. But that still didn’t prevent Parisians from getting ready for what was bound to be inevitable. And this report took place during one of those black-out drills at 5 in the morning on November 24th.
And even though most were slow to react, and more than a little hesitant to dive into air-raid shelters, the threat was real and the war was only getting startedd.
Here are two reports – the first from Victor Lusinchi at the French front lines and the other by Waverley Root, who reported from Paris on the outcome of the second air-raid drill and black-out of Paris on November 24, 1939.