Football 1944

Discussion in 'General' started by Ramiles, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Football = 14th July 1944 -

    SRY_Football_Bayeux.JPG

    https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/bayeux-14400/75e-d-day-le-club-de-foot-de-bayeux-affrontera-les-militaires-britanniques-comme-en-1944-6248592

    I had a quick look for a ref. to this in the SRY wardiary...

    "14th July 1944 - Remained in orchard. General re-organisation . Sqn
    Ldrs Conference in morning at which Brigadier looked in. Points
    raised at the previous days conference were discussed. Suggestions
    made for close tie up between ourselves and Air for direct Div Sp. And
    also for using a reserve Squadron for a Squadron shoot on selected
    targets. Two new officers arrived for attachment only, to accustom
    them to Field Conditions."


    But sadly it isn't in there, which is a bit of a pity. I think from
    memory the 24th L "played football" in Normandy also, though this SRY
    one might have been a bit more organised - i.e. given that the SRY
    were in on the liberation of Bayeux etc.

    Edit: There is another version of the picture here:
    Collaborators, Fighters And Refugees: 45 Fantastic Photos Of The Normandy French After D-Day - Flashbak

    With a bit of text: "For the first time since 1939, French men and women in the liberated towns and villages of Normandy were able openly to celebrate on July 14th, Bastille Day, without fear of German reprisals. In the little town of Coursoulles near the coast, where this picture was taken in July 1944, British troops played a football match against the local French team and all the towns folk turned out to watch the game. The match in progress with enthusiastic spectators crowding the touch-line. (AP Photo/Photographic News Agencies, LTD.)"

    & IWM (B 7277) : SPORT & LEISURE IN THE BRITISH ARMY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    Object description: "British troops playing football against the local team in Courseulles in France on Bastille Day, 1944."
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2019
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