Fascinating graffiti British soldiers left on French barn in WW2 shows troops still thinking of footie on front line

Fascinating graffiti British soldiers left on French barn in WW2 shows troops still thinking of footie on front line

January 14, 2019

Graffiti scrawled on the wall of a barn in Sommervieu, Northern France, shows how troops passed the time while kipping for the night.

Some scribbled their girlfriends' names, with others writing down their favourite footie teams.

One etching describes Liverpool as "the home of the best football team on Earth".

They were found by Dan Hill, a military historian who hosts tours for war veterans.

Dan, from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, said: "It was very emotive – especially given the context of being there researching the second world war.

"To find an unknown piece of history without even looking for it was incredible.

"That whole area is steeped in history and not just the well-known memorials and landing beaches.

"The history of the campaign in 1944 can quite literally be found written on the walls of barns and old farmhouses throughout the Normandy area.

"These guys were the tip of the sword when it comes to the liberation of Europe, it's a reasonable chance that those people writing their names on the wall were the very people who liberated that farmyard."












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