French War brides

Discussion in 'The Women of WW2' started by paddle14, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. paddle14

    paddle14 Member


    For my thesis topic, I'm looking for any informations about French women (from Normandy) who married to British soldiers during WWII : testimonies, documents, archives, ...
    I didn't found any informations in the French archives, and I don't know where search in the British archives.


  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    For starters, try searching the testimonies on BBC People's War.
    It has no search engine but use google or similar to search the website name together with some keywords
    or browse the Category 'Love in Wartime' BBC - WW2 People's War - Love in Wartime Category

    This doesn't really fit your criteria, but it was found within a minute:
    BBC - WW2 People's War - Memories of a Very Brave French Resistance Fighter

    I wonder though if your parameter for marriages “during” Ww2 is set too narrow. I’d imagine there’d be more immediately post-war.

    Good luck with your research.
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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

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  4. paddle14

    paddle14 Member


    I've forget the BBC website. Thank you.
    Thank you also for the story of Peter Sherwood !
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Daughter of a French war bride worked at a liquor store in our town and sold me my first underage booze.
    Bacardi rum which my friends and I drank in the woods after school and got sick on.

    Marcelle. Very pretty but at 17 or 18 she was an 'older woman' and way out of my league :)
  6. paddle14

    paddle14 Member

    Hello Dave,

    Thank you for the anecdote.
    Do you have more informations about her ? The city ? The name of his husband ? From where was she ?
  7. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    No question of marriage, but I believe that my father did his best to maintain the Entente Cordiale in Normandy. He still has these two photos. ;)

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