EJ Rudsdale on Twitter from 3 September 2019

31st May 1940: The wartime removal of signposts

There is a great scare now – we are going to be invaded by Germans landing by parachutes, so in order to confuse them every place-name in the whole of Britain is to be obliterated. I can see that this would have some value in rural districts, but I really cannot believe that it is possible for the Germans to reach Colchester without knowing where they were. It doesn’t seem to occur to anybody that the Germans have maps.

Corporation men were running round tonight taking down all signposts or boards with the name “Colchester” on them.

1 comment:

Mattias said...

I *love* the tone of his writing. Absolutely perfect for enduring an imminent invasion.