Large format. 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings: Marguerite in Picauville (latest testimonies, 4/7)

Large format. 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings: Marguerite in Picauville (latest testimonies, 4/7)
Large format. 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings: Marguerite in Picauville (latest testimonies, 4/7)

At 19, Marguerite Catherine lives in the village of Angle, east of Picauville (Manche), on her parents’ farm. Here is his testimony of the Normandy Landings.

Margaret Catherine. (©Frédéric PATARD / La Presse de la Manche)

By

Frédéric Patard

Published on

May 14, 2024 at 4:49 p.m.

“I lived in the village of Angle, east of Picauville. The night of 5 to June 6I couldn’t sleep because of the noise of planes, grapeshot. I then laid down on my stomach on the bedin front of the window and I saw large flakes gray and round go down gently.”

“It was the Landing! »

“I immediately understood that they were paratroopers…and that it was Landing ! The night was hellish, between the noise of the planes, the DCA, the rockets lighting up the sky and beasts completely panicked, bellowing and running around after having torn off their chains.”

“I saw a plane in flames: it was so low that I could hear the screams what were the men pushing inside! »

Housed in a stable

“From June 7, shells hit the hamlet, a few houses were destroyed, and the inhabitants gathered: there were 46 of us, housed in a stableand we’re going to live there for a few days without me being able to remember how long Exactly “.

I have never been so scared in my entire life!

“But in these conditions, we very quickly lose the notion of time. What to do with our days? The bravest go milking, we do it kitchen (crepes and also the meat that is cut from the cattle killed by the bombings)”.

“We sleep in the straw without undressing and our toilet is reduced to a minimum: in fact, we quickly caught lice. And then when we feel that there is hazard, we pray. I have never had this fear in all my life “.

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