Anyone Identify this Place

Discussion in 'General' started by 51highland, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Can anyone identify this place.
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  2. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Looks like Belgium or France to me.
     
  3. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    The second word above the columns and just to the left of the rider statue appears to be Francaise. I can't decipher the first word: is it Republique?

    Edit: Rouen town hall (Hotel de Ville)

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  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I think SDP might have it. Even the road bends round in the same way as in the original.


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  5. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    All 'telltales' are the same. It can't not be Rouen Town Hall.
     
  6. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Brilliant, many thanks, I at first thought it might be in Belgium.
     
  7. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

  8. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    I might have an unfair advantage in that, while I've visited Rouen years ago, I didn't instantly recognise the location but nevertheless had a hunch so a quick impulsive search of Dr Google and....hey presto. :)
     
  9. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    I thought it might be Louvain (Louven) Belgium, but Rouen means the pic could be 5th Camerons (the photo is in the possession of the Grandson of a ex 5th Cameron) they passed through there on their way to St Valery late August 44. Once again many thanks.
     
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  11. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Rouen.jpg
     
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  12. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Possibly but My Father and 'D' Company, 5th Camerons, entered St Valery, 2nd September
     
  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    It's only 39 miles away easily done on the same day. :)
     
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  14. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    1st September 5th Camerons were in Les Outels, about half way between Rouen and St Valery.
     
  15. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    While the possibility of date confusion can't be ruled out, could this be a case of what I call leap frogging - where part of the unit rushes ahead and, after a bit of consolidation and territory holding, another part of the unit passes through and takes the lead. That way it's always 'fresh' Troops up front. That was certainly a practice used in 11th Armoured Division so I guess could have applied to others?
     
  16. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Quite possibly, although 152 brigade were in the lead of 51st HD. War diary states that info received made 5th Cams decide to keep going. They were then in position to prevent enemy from escaping from the west, i.e. St Valery, Le Havre etc.
     
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