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Barry Ray Year: 1944 Villages: SlaughamSt Martin des Besaces in WWII (4 of 4)
There are several military vehicles, perhaps both British and American, in this picture taken looking eastward on the main road through St Martin des Besaces.
On the left are many wrecked buildings arising from the recent fighting. In the centre of the picture is the distinctive sign of the Hotel des Voyageurs which seems to have survived the battle. Sadly the hotel is now closed. It survived the war but, probably, could not prosper with the opening of the new by-pass which has deprived it of passing traffic.
Immediately beyond the hotel is the road to the other Normandy village in the twinning association, La Ferrière-au-Doyen.
On the extreme right is the covered entrance of La Renaissance Hotel, Bar and Restaurant. Just before the hotel is a road leading to the village square.
The Large Version shows a close up,.
I am grateful to the Imperial War Museum for permitting the use of the photographs: © IWM (B 8293).
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Picture added on 23 April 2016 at 10:51
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