Tom collected these posters largely at the end of the war in the Bavay, Valenciennes and Denain areas of occupation by Germany.
These more than anything else give some idea of the hardships faced by communities in these areas. Time and time again it is stated that the mayors of the towns and villages - mayors like Gaston Derome - will be held personally responsible for the actions of their inhabitants.
The mayors had to walk a tightrope - the line between co-operation and collaboration was a fine one.
For me the hardest one of all was being unable to gather grass for your livestock other than at the roadside. How did people feel as they watched their cattle and sheep wither away with plenty of grass elsewhere, but deemed out of bounds?