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There's still washing on the line

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  1. Owen

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    Was looking at this photo of US troops in Southampton before D-Day, thought I'd look for the location on GoogleStreetView & I noticed there is still washing on the line.

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    [​IMG] OPERATION OVERLORD (THE NORMANDY LANDINGS): D-DAY 6 JUNE 1944. © IWM (NYT 27247) IWM Non Commercial License

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    Streetview.
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    Washing on the line in garden on the right.
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    Nope. 4th AD Armored Field Artillery battalions were equipped with 105mm GMC M7, not 105mm Howitzer M2A1 and Hi-Speed Tractors M5.

    I suspect it isn't 5 June at all and is actually much later...possibly July. 5 June was intermittently overcast and wet, so I doubt anyone was hanging washing. Nor did any Americaan units embark at Southampton for D-Day. It was the embarkation port for 50 British Division.
     
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    I was misled by the title of this thread.

    I automatically assumed that it was a reference to the 1940 hit, "They're hanging out the washing on the Siegfried Line".

    I have vague memories of a box game based on the theme.
     
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    That 'US Embassy Collection' it's filed under on IWMC is good.
    Interesting how some are fair use & some not. You'd think within a single collection there'd be uniformity, but I suspect some are from Life & other periodicals:
    Search objects | Imperial War Museums

    Some nice, if familiar, DDay stuff within it in the same 'folder' as this shot. Sadly not possible to place it in a chronology like you often can - feels like at some point someone curated a specific display for the embassy or similar. :
    Search objects | Imperial War Museums

    Rich, it's pretty hard to judge the sun's brightness from B&W shots really. Especially slightly over-exposed ones like this.
    And 'not actually pissing down' would be fine for hanging washing out. ;)
    (Looks like she's rushing to take down Grandad's smalls as some sod's pointing a camera...)
    From photos of my parent's area almost 10 miles from the South coast, the entire area was a cluster-f traffic jam in the DDay build-up. Scumpton would have been somewhere with better than average roads so I wouldn't be too surprised at it having all sorts passing through.

    Few snippets:
    Southampton and D-Day
    Aha.
    Deffo septics there during the build-up:
    BBC - WW2 People's War - My War Memories - By Margaret May
    BBC - WW2 People's War - D-Day Seen by a 10-year-old Boy: In Poole
    Looking on Maps, Hoglands isn't far but the common is just around the corner.

    C'mon, O. Extend your savant location-spotting to a unit ID. ;)



     
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    Apparently the US Army 14th Transportation Corps were running some Scumpton Docks.
    Quite a bit out there from the increasingly good US Mil history chaps.
    Might be a list or two out there somewhere.

    Search Southampton here and it seems possible people were still landing in Scum to distribute elsewhere 'till very late in the day:
    https://history.army.mil/html/books/010/10-21/CMH_Pub_10-21.pdf
    Weren't a fair few US blokes stationed in Northern Ireland for the training phase? You'd expect them to ship in via Liverpool or Cardiff, but I imagine the situation was vastly complicated.

    Blimey. Always the massive numbers...
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