Instrumental Track: Operation
Overlord was the code name for the invasion of mainland
Europe. On June the 6th 1944, D-day, the Allies mounted the biggest
naval invasion force ever seen in the history of war, with over
6,000 vessels. The successful invasion of Northern France allowed
the Allies to create the long awaited second front in Europe.
The track starts with radio messages in French
which were broadcasted from London. These coded messages passed
on important information to the French Resistance, who were working
in occupied France. Such a message would have alerted the French
Resistance of the impending invasion, allowing the Resistance
to create confusion and disruption within German-held France.
The track also uses the Lord's Prayer, with soldiers
saying it in unison before they enter battle, giving the piece
a feeling of foreboding and suspense. If the Allies had not been
able to establish a beach head the invasion force would have been
driven back into the sea, leaving Fortress Europe under Nazi control.
Qu'est-ce que c'est? (What is it?)
Les sanglots longs des violons de l'automne. Je repete: Les
sanglots longs des violons de l'automne...
(Long sobs of autumn violins. I repeat: Long sobs of autumn violins)
Et cette fois vous allez combattre sur la terre de France.
Dans nos campagnes. Dans nos villages. Sous les yeux des notres.
(And this time you will fight on land of France. In our country.
In our villages. Before our eyes.)
Ici radio Londres. Voici notre huitieme bulletin d'information.
Mais voici, tout d'abord, quelques messages personnels. Demain,
la melasse deviendra du cognac. Demain, la melasse deviendra du
cognac. Jean a de longues moustaches. Je repete...
(This is radio London. This is our eighth information bulletin.
But first, a few private messages. Tomorrow, treacle will turn
to brandy. Tomorrow, treacle will turn to brandy. John has a long
moustache. I repeat...)
Vite, il faut se depecher! (Lets go! We have to hurry up!)
Jean a de longues moustaches. (John has a long moustache.)