D-Day, JUNE 6 1945: A "UNION JACK" Liberation Flag, flown from a window of a house in St Aubin-Sur-Mer, NORMANDY 23 x 35in (59 x 89cm)

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D-Day, JUNE 6 1945: A "UNION JACK" Liberation Flag, flown from a window of a house in St Aubin-Sur-Mer, NORMANDY
23 x 35in (59 x 89cm)

US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£ 1,200 - 2,000
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D-Day, JUNE 6 1945: A "UNION JACK" Liberation Flag, flown from a window of a house in St Aubin-Sur-Mer, NORMANDY
A hastily homemade "Union Jack" flag of blue cotton with red crosses stitched over, probably made rapidly on the morning of June 6th 1944, and apparently flown out of a window in the seaside resort of St Aubin-sur-Mer, as the Allied Forces came ashore and moved the Germans out of the town. The blue cotton ground bleached out to gray, a few small holes and rust holes, creased.

A fascinating relic with a written affidavit from the present owner stating that he bought this flag from a man in St. Aubin whose father made it in 1944 and flew it as the Germans retreated the town, hoping to ensure that the Allies would not shoot at his house. This seaside town is at the eastern edge of Juno beach, where it wasn't the British who came ashore, but the Canadians, and Quebecois French Canadians amongst them. The fighting in St. Aubin was fierce, as the preliminary bombardment failed to hit most of its targets and the 100 strong German defense unit held off a large Canadian force for many hours.
23 x 35in (59 x 89cm)

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