Posted: 18 February 2009 12:49
My second visit of 2009; it's been a slow morning but this has been due to my photographing a 300-page document from 1954 detailing the German plans to invade Britain.
I've also been revisiting a few files to take better photos of certain pages, but this afternoon has seen better progress as I've been back through the Canadian files plus a few British ones too.
The main problem is that one of the Canadian diaries is written in French; I was actually expecting this as I've seen it mentioned in a book on the Canadians in Sussex. I was relieved upon opening the diary that it had been typed (I find some English handwriting impossible to read) and that the entries were relatively short and written in a way that makes for easy understanding. Even by somebody with my limited knowledge of the language could see what was going on by picking out terms such as "un accident fatal" and "des indications claires de Danger Land Mines."
The supporting documentation such as Part II Orders were written in a curious mix of both French and English. Fortunately, a small defence scheme was written in the latter!
A military plan of defence for a specified area. Defence Schemes were issued at numerous levels. Defence Schemes were later known as Plans to Defeat Invasion on the orders of General Montgomery.
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