CAEN IS DOLLED UP IN ITS SUNDAY BEST TO WELCOME ALLIES

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CAEN IS DOLLED UP IN ITS SUNDAY BEST TO WELCOME ALLIES

By Doon Campbell

Reuter War Correspondent

From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

CAEN, July 10–The people of Caen dressed in their best and most colorful Sunday clothes and gathered in thousands to see the flag of liberation hoisted from a lamppost outside the town hall today.

British colonels and brigadiers stepped out of their cars and shook hands with high-ranking French officers and with the dirty begrimed leaders of Caen.

A mortar bomb screamed across the square. Six German aircraft right overhead tried every evasive trick to dodge the intense Allied anti-aircraft fire.

The enemy was 100 yards away as Caen rejoiced in her freedom and hung out the flags of liberation.

Like the cathedral, the Palais de Justice bears no physical scar. It stands solid and defiant and challenging.

But there is much ruin and devastation. It is worse than the East End of London. It is like parts of Naples–huge gaps torn in high multi-story tenements, shattered roofs, broken windows.

But the people stood behind the glassless windows. They cheered and waved excitedly. They cried words of welcome. it was the greatest moment of their lives.



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British Tanks and Infantry move up in Normandy.



For Further Reading Check Out:

Caen Controversy: The Battle for Sword Beach 1944




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