Hard to believe that I’ve been posting these weekly ‘letters’ for a year. I don’t publish a newsletter so the idea of these posts is to keep my readers up to date with my writing and publishing, and introduce new readers to my work. I hope you enjoy the content as much as I enjoy putting these posts together.
Published this week, the June 2020 issue of Mom’s Favorite Reads 🙂
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In this issue…
Lockdown for Teenagers
Modern Movie Classics
And an insight into the Month of June
Countdown to the D-Day anniversary, 6th June. From a Second World War edition of the Daily Mirror, a recipe for omelettes made from dried eggs.
Local views this week…Coney Beach, , my footprints, Porthcawl Harbour, Sger House, roses in our garden
In Looking for Rosanna Mee, Sam Smith Mystery Series book seventeen, Sam visits Cardiff Museum where she admires Renoir’s La Parisienne.
Henriette Henriot, sixteen at the time, posed for La Parisienne. One of Renoir’s favourite models, she enjoyed a distinguished acting career, appearing on stage from 1875 until the outbreak of the First World War.
Countdown to the D-Day anniversary, 6th June.
4th June 1944, Rommel left Normandy and returned to Germany to attend his wife’s birthday. As a gift, he’d bought her a pair of suede shoes.
Two days later, the Allies paved the way for our freedom from fascism by landing on the Normandy beaches. Many bloody battles followed, but for the Nazis this was the beginning of the end.
PS: The shoes didn’t fit.
5th June 1944, General Eisenhower wrote this note, taking full responsibility, success or failure, for the D-Day landings.
Our ancestors had it tough, but at least they had real leaders.
This is Resistance fighter Simone Segouin at the liberation of Paris, 25 August 1944. Wearing her distinctive shorts, she was just eighteen years old at the time.
Simone began her Resistance career by stealing a bicycle from a Nazi messenger, which she used to deliver Resistance messages. After that, she captured Nazi troops, blew up bridges and derailed trains.
On 23 August 1944, Simone participated in the liberation of Chartres and two days later in the liberation of Paris. After the war, she became a nurse.
Aged ninety-four, Simone still lives in France.
June 6th, the 76th anniversary of D-Day
During the evening of 5th June 1944, the BBC broadcast the following message, informing SOE agents and the French Resistance of the imminent invasion.
The long sobs
Wound my heart
With a monotone
The words were written by Paul Verlaine in his poem Chanson d’automne – Autumn Song.
The SOE agents and Resistance members acted instantly, securing many villages and small towns, sabotaging roads, bridges and railways in actions that delayed the Nazis for a fortnight, vital time that allowed the Allies to gain a vital foothold in Normandy before driving the fascists out of France.
Pearl Witherington’s story will continue next week.
As ever, thank you for your interest and support.