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1940, German soldiers using flame throwers against a French bunker on the Maginot Line, Germany's victory in France in 1940 followed the 'Phoney War, (September 1939-April 1940) and the German breakthrough accomplished at great speed meant France was forced to surrender in June 1940 - pin by Paolo Marzioli
Take Your Gas Mask Everywhere, 1939; The public were urged by the government to carry their gas masks at all times, although it was not a legal requirement to do so. Initially, there were instances where workplaces sent home any employees who did not have their masks, and some places of entertainment refused to allow people to enter without them. During the Phoney War period – from 3 September 1939 to 10 May 1940 - many people stopped carrying their gas masks.
SEP 6. 1940 British 'take the bombing in good heart' Air raid warden poster At the beginning of the war Air Raid Wardens were often seen as unnecessarily officious and interfering. Attitudes changed as the bombing became more intense and there were eventually nearly 1.4 million voluntary unpaid wardens.
French soldiers man a Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun and watch the skies for enemy German aircraft during the Phoney War. The Phoney War was a phase early in the war that was marked by a lack of major military operations by the U.K. and France against Germany. The phase covered the months following Britain and France’s declaration of war on Germany shortly after Germany’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 and preceding the Battle of France in May 1940. Although war was declared by each side…