Red Dawn Code Words (and WOLVERINES!)

The chair is against the wall… 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.”

Man wearing "The chair is against the wall" shirt and drinking coffee.

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 young insurgents were running vodka blasters in the US before it was cool.

These morale patches, which originally engendered this article back in 2012, are from Orca Industries (a member of House Morningwood).

Red Dawn Wolverines
The Red Dawn Wolverines morale patch from House Orca.

wolverines morale patch on helmet cover.

They even have a Red Dawn Wolverines face mask now, though there are some folks out there who’d find it ironic.

Wolvering Red Dawn face mask


This article was originally published in November of 2012. 

Red Dawn Wolverines

The chair is against the wall.


The chair is against the wall - John has a long mustache
The chair is against the wall, and John has a long mustache. You know what to do!


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.              

Red Dawn wolverine patch from Patriot Patch Co.
Hat and vodka blaster suitably paired…from the Patriot Patch Co.


wolverines patch - Red Dawn resistance - from OC Tactical
This Red Dawn Wolverines patch is also from Patriot Patch Company.


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.


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.

Find more Red Dawn related stuff on Etsy.

Ici Londres ! Les Français parlent aux Français…





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7 thoughts on “Red Dawn Code Words (and WOLVERINES!)

  • October 15, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Larry, can you tell me if Drumpf is in the room with us now?

  • August 17, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Maybe he is trying to wound my heart with monotonous languor?

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  • February 12, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Mad Duo, it seems Larry IS confused — and perhaps a bit mad. It is a common syndrome, unfortunately.

  • December 6, 2019 at 10:46 am

    The Donkey Squad fell off a Cliff and hanged themselves.

  • May 11, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I would guess two things here:

    1. You guys are big Trump supporters
    2. You don’t get the irony that you are offering Red Dawn paraphernalia.

    Haven’t you heard? Russia won.
    So, probably take down this post and remove your paraphernalia from the internet before I call attorney General Barr and DHS comes to visit you and the middle of the night.

    • February 5, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      To Larry Wilson, [email protected]…That’s a very confusing comment, Larry. On a number of levels. Give Barr a ring if you feel it necessary, and gosh thanks for that piquant comment!


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