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German road signs uncovered in Guernsey

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    I missed this news in July!

    I was reading this months excellent 'Britain at War' magazine last night and came across this fascinating article! There are many pictures of the revealed signs and then & now pics in the mag.

    Prisoners working on a restoration project in Guernsey have discovered German road markings from the World War II.

    The prisoners are currently giving an old tram stop along the island's east coast a face-lift.

    They uncovered the signs as they began stripping off layers of paint.

    Ian Brehaut from local historical group Festung Guernsey said it was an exciting find.

    "It is very important, at one time in the 1960s and 70s there were signs surviving on walls and junctions but they have largely disappeared. So finding this new one is exciting from a historical point of view," he said.

    Prison Governor Dave Matthews said giving prisoners the opportunity to work outside the institution was vital as it helped them feel part of the community.

    He said: "There is a lot of enthusiasm, not a lot of people get the opportunity to do this sort of work, it is a rigorous process."

    During the Second World War, the occupying forces used colours and numbers to mark routes, rather than local road names. North/south roads were yellow, while east/west roads were red. ‘So if they came up to the Halfway crossroads, they could see this was a yellow route one,’ Mr Brehaut said. ‘It would also show the next junctions were with red three and yellow three
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    Interesting!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Is that the 'Guernsey Ripper' on day release...???
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    Is that the 'Guernsey Ripper' on day release...???
    Hahahhahhahaahahahhaaaaa
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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    Quote by Gunny Hartmann View Post
    Hahahhahhahaahahahhaaaaa
    Actually, considering what a good job he's done of removing the decades of whitewash and masonry paint, he should be known from now on as 'Jacques the Stripper'....
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    Actually, considering what a good job he's done of removing the decades of whitewash and masonry paint, he should be known from now on as 'Jacques the Stripper'....
    Booooooooooooooh!....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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