Red Dawn Code Words (and WOLVERINES!)

Red Dawn: "John has a long mustache" and "the chair is against the wall" from Radio Free America
May 19, 2020
Categories:Stuff and Things

The chair is against the wall… The chair is against the door… John has a long mustache… Wound my heart with monotonous languor… These are phrases taken from scenes in a couple of movies, one actually a sort of homage to the other. Most of you reading this have heard all the Wolverine Red Dawn quotes, but there’s more to it.

It’s 11:59 on Radio Free America; this is Uncle Sam, with music, and the truth until dawn. Right now I’ve got a few words for some of our brothers and sisters in the occupied zone. The chair is against the wall. The chair is against the wall. John has a long mustache. John has a long mustache. It’s twelve o’clock, American, another day closer to victory. And for all of you out there, on, or behind the line, this is your song.”





It’s similar to “Radio London” (Radio Londres), which broadcast through most of WWII from England into Nazi-occupied France. Operated by the Free French in conjunction with the BBC, it served to counter Axis propaganda and also to pass along coded instructions to members of the Resistance, the OSS, and others involved in fighting against the occupation.

These morale patches, which originally engendered this article back in 2012, are from Orca Industries and are available on Amazon.

wolverines morale patch on helmet cover.

Col Andrew Turner, Red Dawn

Col. Andrew Turner: May He Rest In Peace! Honor his memory with a morale patch. 

This article was originally published in November of 2012.

Red Dawn Wolverines

The chair is against the wall.

Red Dawn taught us about John’s mustache and where the chair is leaning, but have you heard this one?

Molasses tomorrow will bring forth cognac.

It’s from this scene from The Longest Day. You see, the Red Dawn Wolverines weren’t the first to use such code words.

John has a long mustache.


There are other versions of this genre of morale patches too.



The chair is against the wall! morale patch

The chair is against the wall!

This one, found on, is aptly named "John has a long mustache." It's almost as famous a phrase as "the chair is against the wall"

This one, found on, is aptly named “John has a long mustache.” The very limited first run patch
made by the crew in Tucson, Arizona is currently sold out. If we hear it has come back we’ll damn sure let you know. 


The chair is against the wall!

To date, we have yet to find a wound my heart with monotonous languor morale patch. If we find one, we’ll let you know.

NEXT UP: You might also like these Star Wars Patches.

Ici Londres ! Les Français parlent aux Français…


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