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I was cycling in the middle of France from Blois to Loches to retrace the route that my father and three other merchant seamen used during an escape that they made as prisoners-of-war from their Nazi captors during the Second World War.
They had been landed in Bordeaux in early 1941 and after a while put aboard a train bound for a prison camp in Germany. Around about the town of Blois the four jumped off the (still moving) train and made their way down to Loches (in Unoccupied France) mainly walking but also with some help from local Frenchmen. They all eventually escaped via train to Marseilles and then across the border into Spain where they were captured by the Franco administration and after periods of imprisonment were released and exited via Gibraltar.
In the process of their escape they passed through the town of Cellettes. In my retracing I noticed a pointer to the old railway station – the line is no longer in use. When I got there a group of people were inside and their bicycles were outside – I’m not sure if they lived there.
I don’t know if the escapee ever saw it.
The photo was taken with a Nikon D70 camera fitted with a Tamron AF Aspherical LD DiII SP 11-18mm 1:4.5-5.6 [IF] zoom lens.
The photo was tweaked using Gimp software – brightness/contrast tool and sharpening filter.