Antje (dieastra) wrote,
Antje
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Meme: Things I learnt in June

In 1914 Paris became a World War I battleground. To protect shoppers during a potential German air raid, shopkeepers applied a sticky tape to display windows which would prevent the glass from shattering dangerously in all directions. For the remainder of the war, Parisian shopfronts competed for the most artistic use of anti-bombardment tape in their window designs. Some lovely and really creative pictures can be found here: Windows of war - how parisians prepared for attack
(Btw. we also have the siren going off. A lot of these had been dismantled after the fall of Eastern Germany - they were there to warn us about an attack from the West, you see. I've always said to attack on Wednesdays on 1 PM would be the perfect cover! But in recent years many got re-installed as it was found out they need a warning system against floods)

The same page then told me I'd also be interested in France built a Replica of Paris in WWI A fake city complete with train and lights for the Germans to bomb. Brilliant! (and I'm saying that as a German) Let's all create fake cities so that those that feel the need to drop a bomb once in a while have a playground!
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