In the week before Paris fell, clouds of black smoke rolled slowly over the city. The smoke came courtesy of The Standard Oil Company (now Exxon) which set their petroleum reserves on fire rather than leave the oil for the Germans.
Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/ View all posts by Charles McCain