Tag Archives: Normandy
It was common for photographs of destruction by bombs to be sent as postcards. This shows the destruction of rail installations at Vire, in Normandy, by a raid on 6 June 1944. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.
Public ceremony: Marshal Pétain in St-Étienne, 5-6 June 1944. Pétain cut short his visit on hearing of the Normandy landings. This was his last appearance in public before his trial. Courtesy Archives Départementales de la Loire, 7/W/26. Tous droits réservés.
Le Havre, Winter 1944-45. A report by H. Holbek, a Swedish Quaker visitor to Le Havre, described popular feelings there in November 1944. ‘One notices a sense of bitterness towards the British, a profound chagrin and disappointment, in Le Havre. … Continue reading
‘To the inhabitants of this town.’ The last warning: this leaflet, dropped in Normandy on the eve of the D-Day landings, made no reference to a specific locality and was ignored by most people who read it. Courtesy Mémorial de … Continue reading
Four days before the Normandy landings, Eisenhower instructed the air chiefs to minimise civilian casualties. His note preceded the three most intensive months of Allied bombing over France. © Crown Copyright. Courtesy The National Archives, AIR37.1012.