As French bomber crews prepare an air raid from a base in England, we learn the story of Matrac, a French journalist who opposed the Munich Pact. Framed for murder and sent to Devil's Island, he and four others escape. They are on a ship bound for Marseilles when France surrenders and fascist sympathizer Major Duval tries to seize the ship for Vichy.
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Did You Know?
The plane shown attacking the freighter is a model of a Focke-Wulf 200, a bomber developed from a airliner. It's an accurate representation of the 200, with the exception that it has a bomb bay, which the original did not have. See more
In the film, the aircraft used by the Free French squadrons are American-built Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses, and are described as such by Capt. Freycinet. There actually were two Free French heavy bomber squadrons based in England: Groupes de Bombardment GB II/23 "Guyenne" and GB I/25 "Tunisie," which were part of the Royal Air Force as 346 and 347 Squadrons respectively. However, they did not fly Fortresses. Their aircraft was the British-built Handley Page Halifax. Obviously, for Hollywood purposes, Fortresses were easier to obtain than Halifaxes. See more
He still fights. The bombs they're dropping tonight are editorials the Germans will understand.
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Variations played often in the score
Sung by a chorus at the end See more