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1944 German Occupied Metz
For a novel I'm writing, I was trying to find the right ambience for Metz 1944. Nothing worked, so I made my own. With a mix of 40s military trucks, 30s vintage cars, horses, the occasional band playing a rousing march, cathedral bells, French chatter but German military radio, and far in the distance the sounds of war, this captures what sort of crazy world my characters are in.
The picture is of the Nazis marching into Metz after the Battle of France, 1940. As a "show of God faith," Hitler spent Christmas there. The people of Metz were not thrilled, and there was a thriving antifascist resistance in the city.
The Germans knew that Metz itself was nigh impenetrable (no one since Attila the Hun had successfully invaded the city) so during the Battle of France, the Germans swung high and to the west before coming down onto France, avoiding getting through Metz and aiming to hit Paris. Metz fell into German control only because it was annexed as part of Germany's agreement with Vichy France.
This is the same reason, in 1944, Germany decided to take a last stand at Metz, keeping four garrisons there to slow down the Americans so the rest of the German Occupying Forces had time to get to the Westwall (Siegfied Line in English). The plan worked. U.S. General Patton had been plowing through France at a rapid speed, but at Metz his "burst in through the front door" tactic proved impossible. Upon his first attempt at attacking the forts defending the city, Patton was forced to retreat, his only defeat in the entire war. The Americans had to organize a pincher maneuver, and it took from September until November before General George S. Patton became the first invading military leader in 1500 years to breach Metz, march through their gates as a conqueror, and force the city to surrender.
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List of audio files used:
- 1940's Jeep motor by Alex F +)
- Deutsche Panzerabteilung by Call of Duty +)
- Horse walking, country lane by https://freesound.org/people/acclivity/sounds/33848/ +)
- Veteran Car by juskiddink from http://freesound.org +)
- cannon shot far by Man from http://freesound.org +)
- Smolyan Bulevard by Nebeto +)
- French conversation, laughter by thorvandahl from https://www.freesound.org +)
- Garryowen-7th Cavalry March by USAF Heritage of America Band +)