world war ii: fall of france

So I finally went into my list of bookmarks and tried to find the fave fics i’ve read so far.. and i think this is it :)) Please read the tags and stay safe!! Enjoy x

Autumn Leaves by suspendrs (28k)

“Brave?” Harry frowns, caught off guard. “No, not particularly.”

“You seem brave,” Louis decides, pushing off the wall and stepping on the butt of his cigarette. “You are strong, and you are not mean. That’s good,” he assures, touching Harry’s arm gently.

“Thank you, but that’s not true,” Harry smiles ruefully. “I’m really not anything special.”

Or, Harry is an American soldier in France during World War II, and Louis is a French waiter that doesn’t mean to fall in love with him.

Mute by TroubledPro (123k)

How is love supposed to speak, when one can’t even choke out the words?
Louis’ life was a joke through his witty words.
Harry’s life was a joke through his lack of words.
Louis was classed as a normal child; mentally and physically.
Harry was classed as an abnormal child; mentally and physically.
Louis could speak.
Harry could not.
Harry had progressive mutism.
Louis did not.

Escapade by dolce_piccante (146k)

In the grand scheme of things, finding a date for a wedding should be no problem for Louis Tomlinson. 

He’s rich. He’s handsome. He’s reasonably well behaved. But when the wedding is for his lifelong best friend (and former boyfriend), and is happening in under a month, finding a date for the ceremony and accompanying festivities becomes more of an adventure than he ever could have planned for.

As You Are by zarah5 (139k)

AU. Five years after The X Factor launched his career as a radio host and songwriter, Louis Tomlinson returns as a judge. Falling for a contestant is the last thing he needs. It’s also against his contract.

The only reason Harry auditions for The X Factor is because his best mate signed the two of them up as some kind of joke. Harry doesn’t get the big deal—not until he’s faced with this season’s judges and realises that one of them used to be his desperate, impossible teenage crush.

And down the long and silent street by whimsicule (86k)

The year is 1881 and if you’re alone in this world you might as well be dead, because starving dogs have no mercy.

Or: Wherein Louis and Harry are on the opposite ends of the social ladder, but their paths still cross on the filthy streets Louis calls his home. The odds are staked against them from the beginning, and even more when Louis’ past finally catches up with him.

With All My Heart, And More by littlelady (32k)

“A young John Doe, probably in his mid-twenties. He was found out on the street, lying in the snow completely beaten up, covered in blood. Internal bleeding, collapsed lung, the bones in his leg completely shattered, sprained wrist, dislocated shoulder, severe concussion, cut and bruised all over. He had more broken ribs than whole.”

“Is he in the ICU? Room 405?”

“Is he one of yours?”

“Yeah, looks like it.”

When Harry is left to die after having gotten abused and seriously injured by his ex-boyfriend, he is brought into the hospital where Louis works as a nurse. Louis instantly feels the need to take care of him, maybe a bit more than he usually does with his other patients. But only because Harry survived the abuse, it doesn’t mean that they are out of the woods yet. They still have a long and hard journey ahead of them filled with cries, fear and pain, but also with joy, laughter and lots of love.

domestic monsters series by g_uttertrash (234k)  

(this is the summary of chapter 1: come on, jump out at me)

Harry is a witch from a long line of power, an ancient line that’s one of the strongest left alive in their hemisphere. He can cast spells without a word if need be, fly on a broomstick, and has a black cat (a kitten, really) named Felix that is his animal familiar. He can shape galaxies in his cupped hands and can destroy them just as easily. He can choose exactly how to use his power, for encouragement and support, or for more nefarious causes if he wishes to.

And as fate would have it, he’s scared of haunted houses.

(Harry is a witch who carries around a stuffed pumpkin, Louis is a vampire with too much time on his hands, and their best mates Zayn & Niall aren’t exactly what they seem…)

Shake Me Down by AGreatPerhaps12 (209k)

Harry’s new to college, fresh out of Catholic school and conversion therapy camp, and Louis runs the campus LGBTQIA organization.

Bring Your Body Baby (I Could Bring You Fame) by theboyfriendstagram (84k)

Eighteen year old Harry Styles just graduated high school and landed a summer job as a waterboy for his favorite football team. His job description is simple: be ready to hand water and towels to players if needed. That didn’t seem to include Louis Tomlinson though, a twenty-three year old, recently transferred Paris Saint-German player, who seems to like making Harry’s job much more difficult than it has to be.

OR  

A self-indulgent AU that takes place over the summer of 2015. 18 year old Harry hates pining after people he can’t have, and 23 year old footballer Louis loves flirting with people even though it never means anything.

we’re still going, eight in the morning by nooelgallagher & yoursongonmyheart (32k)

Harry washes his hands quickly before grabbing his phone. His screen lights up to 3 notifications.

DJTommo is now following you!

@DJTommo mentioned you in a tweet!

Direct Message from @DJTommo!

Harry yelps, throwing his phone to Niall who just barely catches it.

Niall looks down at the phone, seeing first the tweet, then the DM. He tosses the phone back to Harry, who nearly drops it. “What are ya doing, mate! Answer him!”

Harry thinks for a moment about what he wants to say. This is his chance to actually talk to Louis Tomlinson. Louis Tomlinson messaged him directly. He can say anything he wants. He begins typing, his fingers shaky.

Niall comes over to stand next to Harry and peers down, looking to see what he wrote. When he does, he lets out a groan.

…Or, the one where Harry owns a bakery, Louis is a radio DJ, and Niall and Liam roll their eyes at their incessant flirting.

hold onto you stars by vashtaneradas (16k)

au; harry’s in the army, louis’ back home, and ninety days is a lifetime.

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Favourite fics of 2017

↳ [1/?] autumn leaves by suspendrs (27k)

“Brave?” Harry frowns, caught off guard. “No, not particularly.”

“You seem brave,” Louis decides, pushing off the wall and stepping on the butt of his cigarette. “You are strong, and you are not mean. That’s good,” he assures, touching Harry’s arm gently.

“Thank you, but that’s not true,” Harry smiles ruefully. “I’m really not anything special.”

Or, Harry is an American soldier in France during World War II, and Louis is a French waiter that doesn’t mean to fall in love with him.

autumn leaves by suspendrs (27k)

“Brave?” Harry frowns, caught off guard. “No, not particularly.”

“You seem brave,” Louis decides, pushing off the wall and stepping on the butt of his cigarette. “You are strong, and you are not mean. That’s good,” he assures, touching Harry’s arm gently.

“Thank you, but that’s not true,” Harry smiles ruefully. “I’m really not anything special.”

Or, Harry is an American soldier in France during World War II, and Louis is a French waiter that doesn’t mean to fall in love with him.

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my favorite fics [26/?]

Autumn Leaves by @fukcinglouis; 27k, read on ao3

Summary: “Brave?” Harry frowns, caught off guard. “No, not particularly.”

“You seem brave,” Louis decides, pushing off the wall and stepping on the butt of his cigarette. “You are strong, and you are not mean. That’s good,” he assures, touching Harry’s arm gently.

“Thank you, but that’s not true,” Harry smiles ruefully. “I’m really not anything special.”

Or, Harry is an American soldier in France during World War II, and Louis is a French waiter that doesn’t mean to fall in love with him.

Night Terrors.

Bucky Barnes x Female Reader.

Repost of my story, I originally posted it in the wrong format.

Warnings: Very violent.


You roll over with your arm stretching out searching for Buckys warm body but when you are greeted by the cold, flat mattress. Your body is shocked into sitting bolt upright quickly as your eyes scan the dark room to find it empty but the door open ajar. Furrowing your brows, you climb out of bed quickly to put on a pair of short night shorts and a oversized maroon jumper with I love Iron Man written in golden letters that Tony had brought you the previous Christmas.

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D-Day Then and Now V

70 years ago today, on June 6th, 1944 the Western Allies’ armies landed in the Normandy region of France, beginning their push through Europe for Germany that would, combined with the Soviet onslaught from the east, result in the fall of Nazi Germany within the next year. 

In 2014, as we approach the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Peter Chris Helgren returned to the invasion grounds to photograph the locations of some iconic - and lessor known - images from the Allied invasion. Presented here are some of the “Then” and “Now” photographs.

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The French MAS-36 bolt action rifle

By the mid 1930’s France’s stock of Lebel and Bethier rifles were beginning to show their age and obsolescence.  The French military wanted a new rifle that was shorter, more compact, and more importantly used a modernized rimless cartridge with a modern 5 round box magazine.  The government owned arms factory, Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS) created the MAS-36, a new bolt action rifle designed to bring the French Army into the modern era of warfare.

World War I was the dark ages when it came to bolt action rifle design in France. The official service rifle was the Berthier Mle 1907/15, which believe it or not utilized a 3 round magazine.  The Berthier was supplemented by the 1880’s vintage Lebel, an obsolete design which used an 8 round tube magazine which needed to be loaded one cartridge at a time. Although the Lebel was an aging design, French soldiers preferred its 8 round capacity to the Berthier’s pathetic 3 round capacity, despite the fact that it used an obsolete tube magazine. In the mid 1930’s it was high time for that the French adopted a new, modern bolt action rifle. The MAS-36 was designed with many of the mistakes of World War I in mind, and drew inspiration from other successful designs such as the German Mauser and British Lee Enfield.  It had  rear locking lugs that were resistant to dirt, new peep sights designed for common combat ranges, and a turned down bolt made to make working the action fairly easy. One interesting feature of the MAS-36 was its bolt handle, which was turned at a very sharp forward angle for a shorter and easier stroke action. Some soldiers, however, were not comfortable with this and bent the bolt into a more traditional angle.  Perhaps the most important feature of the MAS-36 was that it was chambered for 7.5x54 French, a new replacement for the older 8mm Lebel cartridge.  Overall while not pretty, the new rifle was accurate, tough, rugged, and reliable.

The MAS-36 was most notable for its use during World War II.  Unfortunately not enough could be produced to arm all French soldiers by the war’s start, so it served alongside the ancient Lebel and aging Berthier (both updated with a 5 round box magazine). A rare paratrooper carbine variant was also produced with a folding aluminum stock. After the fall of France the rifle was still used by Vichy French government, as well as Free French troops and resistance fighters.  Many were captured by the Germans and renamed the Gewehr 242f, which was used to arm some occupation forces, but mostly the Volksturm, Hitler’s civilian militia composed of old men and children.  After World War II the rifle continued to be used in France’s colonial wars, including Algeria and the Indochina China Wars.  By 1949 is was replaced with a semi-auto rifle called the MAS-49.

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The Modele 1935A Pistol,

A design created by Charles Gabriel Petter, the Mle 1935A was the most popular French semi-automatic pistol during World War II and during the post war period.  The design was based off of the popular Colt 1911, however Petter wanted a pistol that was lighter and fired a smaller cartridge (much like the TT-30 Tokarev design).  It was very similar in many respects to the 1911, utilizing a short recoil action.  However the Mle 1935A was a much lighter than the 1911.  More importantly the Mle 1935A was chambered for a radically different cartridge, the 7.65x20mm Longue.  Originally developed at the end of World War I, the 7.65 Longue was a much smaller caliber than the .45acp and less powerful, but still sported muzzle velocities over 1,100 feet per second.  Due to the smaller cartridge, the Mle 1935A had an eight round magazine rather than a seven round magazine.

The Mle 1935A was adopted by the French Army in 1937, however production did not begin in earnest until 1939.  By the time France was invaded by Germany during World War II, only 10,700 were produced and issued.  For the most part, the French Army had to rely upon older revolvers.  The fall of France saw the German occupation of French industry, and during the occupation 23,850 were produced for the Germany.  A number were issued to the Milice, a military force organized by Vichy France, which was a puppet government controlled by Germany.

When German occupation ended in 1944, French production of the Mle 1935A resumed.  Many were used to arm the French contingent of the Allied Forces as the advanced upon Germany in late 1944 and early 1945.  After World War II production continued and the pistol saw service with Colonial French forces fighting in Indochina (Vietnam) and Algeria.  Production finally ended in 1956 with 85,950 pistol being produced altogether.

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Croft’s Pikes during World War II,

After the fall of France and the Allied evacuation of Dunkirk, British forces found itself short of manpower and weaponry.  To help defend Britain from a German invasion the Home Guard was established, which was essentially a civilian militia formed by men who were too old for regular military service, or who had a deferment due to a medical condition, or because he worked in a job vital to the war effort. 

By late 1940 1.7 million volunteers had joined the Home Guard, however there was a dire shortage of weapons. Since the British Army was also short of firearms, many recruits of the Home Guard had to use their own personal civilian firearms such as hunting and target rifles, or double barrel shotguns. In the United States, the National Rifle Association conducted a program where Americans could donate their rifles for the cause. Overall by late 1940, the Home Guard was equipped with 847,000 rifles, 47,000 shotguns, and 49,000 machine guns (most of which were outdated designs). This left over 700,000 men with no weapons at all.  Winston Churchill ordered that those men should be equipped with whatever weapon could be found stating “every man must have a weapon of some sort, be it only a mace or a pike.”

 Undersecretary of War Lord Croft took Churchill’s words quite literally and ordered the construction of 250,000 pikes.  “Croft’s Pikes”  consisted of a blade from an obsolete bayonet which was welded to a five foot long steel tube. The pikes were issued to a number of Guardsmen, creating an uproar across Britain and heavily the damaging morale of units who received the primitive weapons. Home Guardsman and Parliament Minister Capt. Godfrey Nicholson spoke out against the pikes in the House of Commons stating that they were a joke and an insult. However, Lord Croft defended his decision, stating that they were a silent weapon and still effective in urban combat. By 1942, British war production and American Lend Lease shipments had made the need for pikes unnecessary, as well as the need for target rifles, hunting shotguns, and various improvised weapons cobbled together for the Home Guard.

Thank God the Jerries never crossed the Channel!

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D-Day Then and Now IV

70 years ago today, on June 6th, 1944 the Western Allies’ armies landed in the Normandy region of France, beginning their push through Europe for Germany that would, combined with the Soviet onslaught from the east, result in the fall of Nazi Germany within the next year. 

In 2014, as we approach the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Peter Chris Helgren returned to the invasion grounds to photograph the locations of some iconic - and lessor known - images from the Allied invasion. Presented here are some of the “Then” and “Now” photographs.

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D-Day Then and Now III

70 years ago today, on June 6th, 1944 the Western Allies’ armies landed in the Normandy region of France, beginning their push through Europe for Germany that would, combined with the Soviet onslaught from the east, result in the fall of Nazi Germany within the next year. 

In 2014, as we approach the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Peter Chris Helgren returned to the invasion grounds to photograph the locations of some iconic - and lessor known - images from the Allied invasion. Presented here are some of the “Then” and “Now” photographs.

A Swiss border guard intercepts a border jumper coming from France. Although Switzerland did shelter several hundred thousand refugees and during the Second World War, their policy was not without controversy, most especially with the policy of refusing entry to most of the French Jews who attempted to flee into Switzerland following Fall Gleb, with the infamous explanation that “the lifeboat is full”. Many border guards began turning a blind eye however after some of the most desperate refugees committed suicide rather than be deported back into France. The refugee policy would see some liberalization, and in the end Switzerland harbored tens of thousands of Jews escaping Nazi persecution.

(Motorbuch Verlag)

Winning the Battle of the Bulge and the "Battle of the Bulge"

In September of 1944, World War II, Allied forces had advanced across France, liberating Paris and pushing the German Army back.  It was then that Allied planners formulated Operation Market Garden, the last push into Germany through occupied Holland with the purpose of ending the war before Christmas.  Market Garden was a bold plan, but is was doomed to failure due to the arrogance of military planners and an underestimation of enemy capabilities.  Market Garden was a failure, and Allied forces were forced to fall back.  At the same time, south of Market Garden, American forces attempted to push into Southern Germany through the Hurtgen Forest.  The resulting battle turned into a quagmire, with American troops making little progress over the upcoming months.  The failures of Market Garden and Hurtgen Forest led to the Battle of the Bulge at the end of December, a massive German counterattack with the goal of pushing back the Allies and forcing them to come to a compromise.  The Allies believed the German Army was finished, and thus were unprepared for a massive German assault. Caught by surprise, Allied forces were short of winter clothing, food, ammunition, and other supplies. Despite these problems, Allied troops held their ground, falling back but not breaking, until eventually the German assault was halted.  The Battle of Bulge was the German Army’s last major offensive of the war, after which, Allied forces would invade Germany, brining an end to the war.

I have to admit something and be very honest, the past few weeks I haven’t been following my diet and exercise plan very well.  I’ve started falling back into old habits.  I have been slipping and eating bad food, and not exercising.  There were a few reasons for this.  First, I moved into a new apartment.  It was a tough move because I work night shift, and we had to move in the day, and I was awake 24 hours straight. I tried to sleep that night after the move, but even though I was exhausted I still couldn’t sleep, so it was more like 30+ hrs being awake.  It took a few days for me to get back into routine, so I was tired for a while.  Secondly, I got sucked into some ridiculous humbuggery at work, basically a childish temper tantrum between two people I work with.  I had nothing to do with it whatsoever except as a bystander, but somehow I’m being dragged into it and being questioned by management over it even though I’ve made it clear I had nothing to do with it, want to stay impartial and don’t want to get involved.  It has been very stressful, and when I get really stressed I eat. For two days I was binge eating.

I have failed many times before because of things like this. I made a mistake and I would have an attitude that was like, “well, I failed, looks like I can’t do this”.  This time is different.  I recognize that I made a mistake, but mistakes never mean the end, rather, they signify a renewal and new beginning. Instead of giving up, I am working to get back on track, and continue on. Soon I will be starting kick boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I love fitness expert Jack Lalanne’s motivational speech “Life is a Battlefield”.  To get the things you want in life and achieve your goals, you have to fight for it everyday. Your enemy is yourself, more specifically the negative aspects of yourself; apathy, depression, anger, laziness, bad habits, and negative thoughts. At some point, you will have failures, you will make mistakes.  Just like any great battle, the enemy will make a counter offensive and try to push you back.  But you can’t give up, just because you made a mistake and had some failures. The Allied soldiers had some failures and defeats in the fall and winter of 1944, they were forced to retreat at the Battle of the Bulge, but they never gave up, they never broke and ran.  They dug in their heals, held the line, fought back, overcame adversity, and pressed forward.

In popular media they always show before and after photos, showing some fat or obese person in the before, and a chiseled and buff person after.  These photos don’t tell the whole story, of the hard work and sacrifice, the changing of attitudes and lifestyle necessary to achieve that.  They also don’t tell about the failures that occur, the struggles and setbacks that happen. They just show a perfect narrative, giving the impression that it’s easy, you can get results fast, next week!  If you are trying to lose weight and get fit like me, know this, it will not go perfectly, there will be failures, mistakes, and setbacks. DO NOT let setbacks destroy your passion and drive.  Do not define yourself by past failures.
Failure is not the end, rather, it is a chance to begin again, learn from your mistakes, and move forward. This principle holds true no matter what situation, whether it is a history changing battle, weight loss, your career, relationships, breaking an addiction, sports, or any aspect of life where you are endeavoring to improve yourself.

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