魏甘德的預言 - 古德明

蘋果日報 2010/04/12 00:00


InMay1940,HitlerlaunchedhislightningwarinWesternEurope.TheNetherlands,Belgium,andFrancefelloneafteranotherwithintwomonths."Inthreeweeks,Englandwillhaveitsneckwrunglikeachicken,"prophesiedtheFrenchgeneralMaximeWeygand,whosurrenderedtoandcollaboratedwiththeGermans.
Withthewarnowontheirdoorstep,theBritishralliedbehindtheirgovernment.RecruitsstartedpouringintotheirlocalpolicestationsevenbeforetheSecretaryofStateforWarhadfinishedtheradiobroadcastcallingforvolunteersfortheHomeGuard.Womenjoinedthewareffort,servingbothinindustryandinthearmedforces.HousewivesgaveuptheiraluminiumpotsandpanssothattheycouldbeturnedintoSpitfiresandHurricanes.Thecountrypulledtogethertowardsacommongoal,andWeygand'sprophecyfailedtocometopass.
一九四○年五月,希特勒在西歐發動閃電戰,不出兩個月,荷蘭、比利時、法國相繼淪陷。法國將領馬克西姆.魏甘德投降,並和德軍合作。他預言:「不出三個星期,英國就會像雞那樣被扭斷脖子。」
英國人眼看戰爭迫在眉睫,都奮起支持政府。陸軍大臣呼籲志願者加入國防民兵的電臺廣播還未結束,各地警察局已有應募者紛至沓來。婦女也為戰事出力,到工廠或軍中服務。家庭主婦捐出鋁罐、鋁鍋等,供當局製造噴火式和颶風式戰鬥機。全英國同心戮力,魏甘德的預言終於未能實現。