The BBC and "personal messages"

“Les Français parlaient aux Français” (“The French spoke to the French”) on the BBC. It was forbidden and dangerous to listen to them in occupied France. These coded messages mainly served to announce air operations: parachute drops of agents and equipment and landings  of light aircraft that dropped off or picked up agents.
Personal messages also announced D-Day in 1944.


Sentence: “Saint Liguori founded Naples”
Terrain name: “Caracole”
Area: St Pons, Hérault
Meaning: Parachute drop of weapons and agents
Maquis concerned: Latourette – Bertrand

Sentence: “Yvette likes big carrots”
Terrain name: “Naphtalene”
Area: Le Vignan-Montdardier, Gard
Meaning: Parachute drop of weapons
Maquis concerned: Aigounal – Cévennes

Sentence: “The tall blond man is called Bill”
Terrain name: “Rabelais”
Area: Pezenas, Hérault
Meaning: Parachute drop of weapons
Maquis concerned: Caux – Linarès
 

3 June: “The time of fighting will come…” announced D-Day and was the order to start railway sabotage operations in the west.

4 June: “The long sobs of autumn violins…”: a strophe from Verlaine’s Autumn Song gave Resistance fighters the order to step up sabotage of railway and telecommunications facilities that had not yet been destroyed.

5 June: “…wounding my heart with a monotonous languour”: The second part of the strophe had just been broadcast on BBC radio in London. General mobilisation of all networks and start of the offensive: attacks on munitions dumps, transmission stations, the rail network and German convoys.