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British Grafffiti Found In Bayeaux Barn

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    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Glad it survived. Wonder if they'll try to trace any of the men.
    "These fascinating pictures show graffiti left by British soldiers on the walls of a barn in France where they sheltered overnight just after D-Day in June 1944.
    The doodles and names were scribbled by the troops who had liberated the village of Sommervieu after the Normandy landings.
    The soldiers, who spent the night sleeping in the barn, scribbled their names, girlfriends' names and even favourite football teams on the walls.
    Other drawings include a German soldier being captured by the British, as well as sketches of women and artillery.
    Places named include Nottingham and Liverpool - which is described as the home of 'the best football team on earth.'
    Dan Hill, 33, a British military historian who leads battlefield tours for war veterans, heard about the graffiti at a local B&B. He asked to see the barn, where he found a range of messages and drawings made by British soldiers almost 80 years ago.
    Dan said the signatures and graffiti had a 'distinctly regional feel' mostly relating to 'Lancashire and the North-West of England.'"
    www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6589585/Remarkable-doodles-graffiti-British-troops-left-Normandy-barn-just-D-Day.html
     
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    I almost missed this - thanks Gordon ; it's fascinating.

    Particularly interesting is the drawing of the tank plus the inscription concerning 'A Squadron, 9 Troop'.
     
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    A trawl through war diaries would be extremely interesting, I think.
     

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