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An interesting picture

Postby Christopher Ailsby » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:43 pm

An interesting picture. I think it is Land Army, taken in the Cambridgeshire area. This could have been taken in August 1944. Any thoughts would be most welcome
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Re: An interesting picture

Postby Dave_Holden » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:56 pm

Interesting Chris - love questions like this as it creates conversation. The young ladies could well be land army, but why are the young guys there? Why are they not enlisted? Two other things a few of them look foreign and what are those long sticks/poles in the background? To add to the conversation, could the guys in this photo be prisoners of war working with the land army?

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Re: An interesting picture

Postby Christopher Ailsby » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:16 am

Dave you have post the question I had. Why are the young men not drafted? But had not thought of POWs working on the Land. But why the group photo? Next where? The poles in the background are interesting. All I know for sure is that the picture is after August 1944. Place - Cambridgeshire. Soo, lets see if we can do a bit of "Sherlock Holms".

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Re: An interesting picture

Postby The Devils Bank » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:49 pm

Firstly as Dave says.. it does create discussion, plus the picture itself does ask a lot of questions :-bd

Personally, looking at the womens boots (behave please :-$ ) are they British issue?

Looking at pictures of "Land Girls" they don't have these type of boot? more like wellies.

The lady at the back and the ones (second left sitting and second from right sitting) seem to be wearing ties?

Are these ordelies of some sort?

I would say the men could be Luftwaffe POW's, as some of the men seem to be a lot older (bottom left).

If the picture is indeed taken around 1944, then these could be Luftwaffe personnel, captured around 1940 - 1942.

Captured early in the "phoney war" or Battle of Britain, these could have been released for farming duties as they were no threat to any one..

Maybe this is the location?

POW Camp 90 - Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire standard POW Camp... Agricultural & Youth Hostel.
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Re: An interesting picture

Postby Christopher Ailsby » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:26 am

Devil - you are so right. "Looking at pictures of "Land Girls" they don't have these type of boot? more like wellies." They are also wearing leather gaiters. Also the girl 2nd in on the right first row has creases in her trowsers. A Dog - this seems to be a mascot? the picture was taken in or around August 1944. This is known. The area Cambridgeshire is assumed but in probability is 80% shure. Could be Norfolk as the two countys colide around Friday Bridge. As to the "men" they have a similar uniform, plus a crease in the trowser leg wearing similar gaiters - but what.
Could the Ladys be ATS ?

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Re: An interesting picture

Postby Christopher Ailsby » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:40 am

Just more thoughts on the picture.
There seems to be some anomalies. The Girls are wearing trousers and leather gaiters over leather boots. The men have similar gaiters.
The normal uniform issued for Land Army Girls was : -

The uniforms normally consisted of the following: -

2 short sleeved shirts
1 green pullover
2 pairs of socks
1 pair of shoes
1 bib and brace overall
1 hat
1 pair of rubber boots
1 long (very thin!) Mackintosh for the winter

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