Army Life – Observations From Normandie After D-Day – Dan Writes Home – August 3, 1944

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Normandie, 3 Aout, 1944

Altho’ much of the novelty of our new surroundings has worn off, I am still impressed by the casual manner in which the people here live their lives while whole villages and towns are bludgeoned into stark masses of rubble and the roar of planes fills the sky and the endless stream of trucks, jeeps, tanks etc. rumble incessantly toward the front, camouflaged in their own tattle-tale dust clouds. Norman folk carry pitifully small bundles that represent their personal possessions are crowded into the steep-sided gutters that line the narrow roads. They are people who are returning to their homes – many of which are mere spectral walls, some of which are miraculously untouched.

In odd contrast to the villages and roads, the countryside has made no compromises with the old man Mars. It is as if he set his feet down only in certain villages…

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3 thoughts on “Army Life – Observations From Normandie After D-Day – Dan Writes Home – August 3, 1944

  1. Hi Janet, Thank you for re-Blogging this post. It is a very interesting view of Normandie after the invasion, told by an American serviceman who was there. Uncle Dan was a Civil Engineer and mapmaker, so I believe he had a bit to do with the preparations for D-Day while he was in London. An extraordinary piece of history.


  2. Judy – I haven’t forgotten your offer to help me with some Word Press problems. Believe it or not, I’ve been very busy in this isolation time. All is well. Hand surgery went well. The cast comes off next Monday. Janet


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