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D-day and the English treachery

By Tim King   June 2004

My father’s diary entry was written in Normandy towards the end of June 1944. He’d landed six days after D-day. “In the first days, the French were cheerfully optimistic. Refreshing, wholly delightful, it cheered us through the dust and the mud… But chatting with the inhabitants we’re becoming aware of their split feelings. They profess hatred of the Boche, yet we’re coming to realise he has not been such a terribly hard taskmaster as we had all believed, for the French are really not living so badly. This new war, on the other hand, is a disaster for them. It…

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