Just to let readers know that I’m writing my Master’s report and will return to posting in September. In the meantime, here’s a photo of the camp I made the Bois d’Amfreville at the end of my recent visit to the field. Mr. Lefrançois, owner of Les Tourelles farm, informed me that the wood here is unharvestable owing to the amount of shrapnel the saws pull out. The stand itself has been little changed since 1944, although the poplars and now the ashes are dying out.
Although it does not figure directly in FTGU, this location is just south of the crossroads that 2/357 took a few days to capture at Les Landes. If you believe in dead souls (unavoidable being alone in a dark wood for me), you might also believe that you are protected by them. So often, to the vexation of the locals, I feel as if in crossing Norman fields that the plot somehow exists both in Texas and Oklahoma. Yeah, no way those men of 2/357 who occupied this wood seventy-two years ago to the day would have warmed themselves around the highly non-tactical fire that I lit. Even after it went out, I could feel them standing guard all night.