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Topic: WWII Photos of the liberation
Posted By: Zed
Subject: WWII Photos of the liberation
Date Posted: August 10 2017 at 12:32pm
Having very kindly been given a copy of a photo archive of a local French town. I thought I'd share a few with you guy's; and thought that maybe we could start a thread that other people add their own photo memorabilia from any major conflict or time spent in the Service.

These first few are from mid August 1944; the town is Bonneval, France. 


local resistance fighters, possibly one of those Enfields is the one I aquired recently! We are currently trying to identify some of the fighters.

parade in front of the "Mairie" (town hall) which has the French flag raised (out of shot)

locals and US soldiers in the centre of town, the cafe behind is still there. Get my Saturday morning coffee there.

There a lot more to come from this wonderful archive; although it's just a small slice of history!
I would enjoy seeing other peoples photo's; please share if you have some!

Zed.


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 10 2017 at 2:26pm
I was thinking I could make it a sticky, that way it would never get lost, but I don't seem to have the power? Let me check a bit more.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 10 2017 at 2:38pm
Nothing from the service, too many  moves round too many countries.
A couple snagged from Google Earth though.
The student apartment in Paris (7arr) which I used as a "pied a terre" instead of constantly getting ID cards in hotels.
The restaurant seems to change hands every month or so!


The courtyard was the parking lot for the building though the archway. & the concierges office was behind the wall panneling.


My "Home away from Home" in Vervins. My Buddy & his familly lived there & so I had a room that was actually located behind a secret panel! I wonder if the new owners actually know its there?
The white building behind the gate is a dorm & garage for the truck drivers. That was where I learned to speak "real Belgian French"! usually while playing petanque or (worse) domios or cards. It wasnt till then I knew there were numbers like "Septant, Huitante, & Nonnont"! The running joke was the Belgians could actually count to 99! (nononte-neuf)Evil Smile






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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: August 10 2017 at 3:40pm
I have a good feeling about this thread....I think its' going to be really neat! All I can add to this is an old grainy photo of my paternal grandfather who was a gunnery trainer for the Canadian army in WW1. He had a clubbed foot so he couldn't serve in the army as a regular but he was recognized for his accurate shooting and rifle acumen. He is kneeling on one knee for the photo holding his Ross rifle in front of his pup tent. When I get this photo from my brother I will update this post.

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Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: August 11 2017 at 3:55am
I'll add some extra photos next week. Looking forward to a long weekend at the house and no internet! Probably sooting thoughThumbs Up


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 11 2017 at 5:40am
Enjoy!
http://bakebottlebrew.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/A-votre-sante.jpg

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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: August 14 2017 at 7:26pm
funny how happy they were to see us then , and how different its been over the years , im sure the folks in those photos were genuine in their rejoice , 

this past week i had moment to pause as we - in my family did- over the anniversaries of nagasaki and hiroshima , my fater was there , he always said they were the reason he got home and so many others , because of what was planned on the island of the rising sun , 


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: August 15 2017 at 10:01am
Here are a few more photos from the archive. 
Plus I had a very interesting conversation last weekend with a lady in our village, she is 94 years old, with a memory as bright as a spark!
 During the war she spent most of her time in Paris; but would cycle out to Chateaudun on some weekends to see family and stock up with fresh veg' and food; then cycle all the way back on Sunday with the  suitcase strapped to the rack of the bike. Sounds easy; but it's a 200 mile round trip! No wonder she's still in fine form at 94!




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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 15 2017 at 2:42pm
Great stuff, keep 'em coming.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Pukka Bundook
Date Posted: August 16 2017 at 7:27am
Sham,
 
Have you seen that Canadian war book, I think called "Then and now", or "The way we were" or something?  It is full of war-time photos, and also pictures of the same places today. Very interesting book!  It has [plenty of Liberation photos.   Book's by Ken Bell if I remember right.


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: August 16 2017 at 12:33pm
The US Air Force bombed the town just before the liberation. They were aiming for the railway bridge; but unfortunately they missed the bridge completely; although not by much! You can see it next to the remains of one of the houses.




However the Resistance did the job a bit further down the line at Marboue. According to the book "last combats in Eure and Loir" they recovered transported a 250 kilo unexploded bomb to the bridge at Marboue; then set it off with 15 kilo's of plastic explosive. Seem's to have done the trick!




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Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: August 24 2017 at 12:46pm
These Senegalise Riflemen have our favourite rifles! I note that the Bandolier looks exactly like the one I got from the parachute drop cache.

I believe it is also British uniforms as well but I'm not sure; maybe someone with more knowledge of uniforms could tell me!

According to book mentioned previously; they were fighting with the Resistance fighters in the battle for the liberation of this area.




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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: August 24 2017 at 1:31pm
These fellows seem to be somewhat of a curiosity to the locals!

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Posted By: 25-5
Date Posted: August 29 2017 at 1:43pm
Zed
What a good idea.  Nice archive.  I enjoyed the pics and look forward to more.
 
My uncle Warren was a "Hump" pilot in the CBI theater.  Flew C46's and C47's. 
They relied mostly on their own drawn maps.  A peaks to avoid kinda drawing.
He and two buddies are hunting in the mountains near Kunming China.
Warren is on the left with a Thompson, fellow in the middle has a M1 carbine, and the end guy has an M1 Garand.  They all carried a 1911 and knives.  Not in the photo was a jeep with a mounted M2.
"Unc" was important in my life and I miss him.


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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: August 29 2017 at 5:29pm
Wow,eh? When we were young. That's what it brings to me..Are they still with us? Most from that era aren't.

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Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: August 29 2017 at 6:17pm
Those that are still with us, Hoadie....are quite long in the tooth now. I'm so very thankful to all our brave armed forces members from any era.

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Castles made of sand slip into the sea.....eventually


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: August 30 2017 at 12:02pm
So here are a few more photos from the archive.


this is the crew of the Jeep Flying Coffin; having a refreshment break!

My neighbour recognised the young man in the centre of this photo. He was a friend of his Father's and part of the local resistance. 

Please feel fee to add your own photos; even stuff from the Gulf wars etc. (I was working in Saudi when that all kicked off in Kuwait.)


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It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice!


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: August 30 2017 at 7:48pm
"...The US Air Force bombed the town just before the liberation......"

that would be the US ARMY AIR CORPS , we did not officially have an air force at that time came along after , but there was a definite distinction even then 


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: August 31 2017 at 11:40am
Yes of course "US Army Air Corps" my mistake!

I have a US leather flying helmet, it is stamped "Army Air Forces" what period would that be from?




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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 31 2017 at 2:13pm
Before 18 September 1947 That's when the U.S. Air Force was created.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: August 31 2017 at 6:22pm
i am thinking that helmet predates the change , but i cannot date it , looks to be a fighter pilots but im not really up on this gear - 

all my fathers got donated to a museum that sold it off under the table before i could get it , his was high altitude leather/fleece as in real sheep stuff , i think they cooked at takeoff - froze at 30.000 on route to and from - but had little time to think of it over target with the flack and fighters , he is no longer here to consult , 


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: September 07 2017 at 1:09pm
A few more from the archive. A truck load of German prisoners in the town centre.

And a trophy for the Jeep.



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Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: September 07 2017 at 1:24pm
Fritz must have had a headache after that. (with all due respect, I know many German soldiers hated being in that war.)

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Castles made of sand slip into the sea.....eventually


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: November 30 2017 at 11:06am
A few more photos from the archive.




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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: November 30 2017 at 7:46pm
there is so much to be thankful for in spite of all the rubish in the news today , 

it was a different time and as much as the aftermath was what i grew up in and appreciate we no longer have those values or appreciation of where we are -what we have-what can be in the future , it was a time of unlimited possibilities based on how hard you looked and worked , 

today it seems we have a dependency on how much you can manipulate a technology and some social media connection , im not good at either - i still work hard and will till i cannot contribute , 


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: December 01 2017 at 4:31am
I must admit that I fail to understand why companies that have no real product, can be worth billions!
If the internet was shut down; they would be worthless in an instant.

Also when you see young soccer stars earning 30,000,000 Euro's a year for one or two 90 minute games a week; it's just obscene! You could build a hospital with that!


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 01 2017 at 6:02am
Its mainly advertising space they sell. Just look at Sears or wal mart .com its all other totally unrelated small businesses selling via the big companies who are selling the name.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: December 01 2017 at 9:34am
Getting back on track! a few more photos from the liberation.




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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: December 01 2017 at 3:47pm
thanks this is really interesting abnd fun to see . 


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 02 2017 at 8:55am
I'm curious. How much of the town has changed over the years?
The small French towns I remember from the 1960's & 70's are basically the same except for minor things & repairs to damage & so on.

Odd story.
I went to Bayeux regularly, not for the tapestry, which Id seen already, but because within a block of the cathedral there was a row of mom & pop stores where I'd shop for French delicacies that weren't easily found in the U.K. back then. This was on a motorcycle & I'd fill the side boxes with extra strong garlic sausage & cheeses & so on. By the time I got back to British customs they were pretty ripe! I think HM Customs gave the newbie the job of checking my imports as some odd rite of passage!
Wacko


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: June 07 2018 at 12:14pm
It's been a while , so thought I'd post a few more photos.




First two photos are the market square. Last one is I believe looking from under the viaduct,( one of the main pillar's visible on the right).

I forgot to get some photo's of present day; must remember to take my camera to town.


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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: June 07 2018 at 7:45pm
another aniversary has come and gone , at least there are some of us that remember - i heard and read nothing in media , if we were speaking german today a lot of them would not exist , a small thanks to the WWII generation is in order 


Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: June 08 2018 at 8:14am
I think the thing that bothers me most in those pictures, and any pictures of vetrans for that matter, is their eyes. The things they've must have seen. Some of the above pictures of GI's, they look about 60 years old and I bet most were still in their early 20's.


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: June 08 2018 at 9:57am
Its known as the 1,0000yd stare.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: October 09 2018 at 12:25pm
Well it's been a while since I posted anything here; but finally got a few photos of the town today.

This is the "Rue de la Greve". The original shot shows the resistance fighters walking toward the far end of this street


This the Cafe St Roch.


and back in 1944


and the town hall today.

and in 1944, flying the french flag!

the town centre square today; shows some changes. The small buildings that were built on to the side of the Church have gone; that would be the "Marbrerie" in the 1944 photo below.





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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: October 09 2018 at 2:36pm
Sweet!
I miss small town rural life in France!


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: October 09 2018 at 7:35pm
these have been quite enjoyable and enlightening , good to know so much survived , very educational trip back in time , thank you , 


Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 11:47am
The liberation of Bonneval was mid August. But this weekend (31st Aug) the town held a 75th Anniversary of the Liberation. An impressive military camp was installed in the sports field and a mass of WWII vehicles were touring the local countryside and on show at the camp. We were lucky that the collection of vehicles was far bigger than at Paris a couple of weeks ago.
Here's a few photos!






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Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 11:52am





A great day out!

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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: September 02 2019 at 7:58pm
dang , i want that motorcycle ..............just sayin 


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: September 03 2019 at 7:40am
Nice, thanks for the pics.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Olddust
Date Posted: May 01 2021 at 8:05pm
very enjoyable thread!



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