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Old 03-12-2017, 05:50 PM   #1
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The Big One WW II

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Old 03-15-2017, 05:43 AM   #2
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Same place during the WWII and 70 years later... Isn't it amazing?

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Old 03-15-2017, 07:20 AM   #3
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Those two images are neat to see together. Thanks Emma
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:08 AM   #4
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There's quite a few of these on the net, some even an overlay in the same frame. I find them fascinating, especially when the same, or some of the same buildings are still standing. It gets me wondering if the people who live/work there now, knew the ones who lived/worked there then.

Looking at it again, the door on the garage for the hotel tells me it used to be the stable for the hotel.
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:13 AM   #5
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It makes you think about the forces at work... That building had a nice finish when the tanks were in the streets but more recently...
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:19 AM   #6
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Painted over all the detailing now it's shabby chic. Probably the hotel doesn't do much business and the bar carries the load.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:31 PM   #7
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The actual Sherman on the left is apparently residing in a Swiss museum these days. (Scroll down to #9)

http://preservedtanks.com/Types.aspx...ategoryId=1332
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:44 AM   #8
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Well played.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:25 PM   #9
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Old 03-17-2017, 09:07 PM   #10
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Same place during the WWII and 70 years later... Isn't it amazing?

Wow a pic from Emma. I'll have to watch for hers. I wonder if she does motorcycles too.



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Old 03-18-2017, 11:39 AM   #11
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Emma, what is location of the intersection with the tanks?
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:53 AM   #12
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I was wondering that myself so did some detective work earlier.

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Saint-Martin-des-Besaces, Normandy.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:42 PM   #13
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Carruthers, I am a pretty good sleuth but I could not get anywhere with Emma's, what did you search on, how did you narrow it down, if it's not proprietary, lol
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:02 PM   #14
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Carruthers, I am a pretty good sleuth but I could not get anywhere with Emma's, what did you search on, how did you narrow it down, if it's not proprietary, lol

I saved the photo and uploaded it to Google Image Search.
There were several hits and I chose the Pinterest link. LINK. See image top left.

From the caption:

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30 juillet 1944 à Saint-Martin-des-Besaces, un convoi de la 8th Rifle Brigade passe le carrefour de la route Villers-Bocage / la Ferrière-Harang, le Sherman du premier plan appartient au 23rd Hussars britannique. (Imperial War Museum/B8292).

A Sherman tank of the British Armoured Division stands guard at the crossroads as a Loyd carrier towing an anti-tank gun passes by into Rue de Caen in Saint-Martin-des-Besaces, Lower Normandy.
It was then a matter of going to Google Maps and using the search term 'Saint-Martin-des-Besaces'.
It's not a big place but there are a few major road junctions and I soon found the one I was looking for.

As you can see, the image is credited to the Imperial War Museum.
In the past couple of minutes, I've gone down that route and found the image in question.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE NORMANDY CAMPAIGN 1944


Hope that's of some interest to you.

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ETA It's not apparent, unless you zoom right in on the map, but the road is now named Rue de la XIth Division Blindee Britannique. (British 11th Armoured Division)
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:13 PM   #15
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Ever wonder what all the car dealers did when there were no new cars to sell?
This Ford dealer in Beverly Hills sold hardware.
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