> I think the French battle cry was "On ne passe pas!" ("They shall
> not pass", correct me in my French is faulty Raphael or whoever).
"On ne passe pas" means "No-one shall pass". It would be directed at anyone.
If that was the phrase used, it sounds like an expression of general
defiance - maybe not just directed at the German enemy.
"They shall not pass" would be "Ils ne passeront pas". I don't know if it
was used in France, but it was a rallying cry for partisans in the Spanish
Civil War ("no pasaran").
> I think that the soldiers also ate the rats.
And conversely, of course...
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