Les Assassins reviennent toujours sur les lieux de leur crime

Destruction of Caen 1944
Posters Normandie 1944 (Jeanne d'Arc)
The British RAF bombed Caen twice, once on D-Day and again a month later on July 7 1944. There were more than 2,000 civilian casualties there on the first two days of the invasion. The scale of destruction is already well-established. Hundreds of tons of bombs destroyed entire cities and wiped out families. In some areas, barely a building was left standing and the liberators had to walk over banks of human corpses. The exhibition at the Caen memorial displays the diary of Cpl LF Roker of the Highland Light Infantry: It was rather a shock to find we were not welcomed ecstatically as liberators by the local people, as we were told we should be... Another Allied serviceman, Ivor Astley of the 43rd Wessex Infantry, wrote: If we expected a welcome, we certainly failed to find it. But the suffering of civilians was for many years masked by the over-riding image, that of the French welcoming the Allies with open arms. References: Jean-Claude Valla (La France sous les bombes américaines), Henri Amouroux, Roger Céré and Charles Rousseau, William Hitchcock and Christophe Prime. Credit: Wikipedia. Top image: U.S. National Archives. Fair use. Bottom image: French Poster: Criminals always return to the scene of the crime. Public domain. See Original Poster.

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