This week our match is 73 years out of date. The early postcards reveal a world now lost. They are matched with photos taken in the summer of 1944, in WW2. The wartime quality of the photography is not sharp, but the story is clear.
The battle for Caen lasted just
Chateau de Sully, near Bayeux, June 1944 by Anthony Gross
Although photographs remember a moment, an event, war artists see the emotion in a war; how people live within it, the minutiae of daily life as they prepare, wait, fight, suffer and celebrate. Faced with the vastness of war, war artists see
Driving to find a match for our postcard of an old market hall we passed a small, poignant memorial.
There is no trace of the market hall Cerisy-la-Salle but the tribute to seven airmen on the corner of Rue du Pont Sec and l’Auney ensures they will never be forgotten.
In the early hours of June 6, 1944, a man knocked loudly on the door of Alexandre Renaud, Mayor of Sainte-Mère-Église. Since the town's occupation by the enemy in 1940 there had been a strict curfew. This late night visit could only mean an emergency.
The visitor explained rapidly that a house
Quietly crumbling into the sea, in amongst soft dunes isolated by marshland, is the Batterie Blankenese de Néville-sur-Mer. A few miles east of Cherbourg this is not a famous WW2 heritage site, but still a poignant reminder of when Normandy was occupied by an unwelcome enemy.
Here, from 1943 the Kreigsmarine,