Gérard Verdonk, 18 years old in 1944, recalls a specific mission that his father gave him:

“Farmers of the region were commandeered by the Germans to get cement and go to the seaside where the Germans were building defences. I worked on the Courseulles-sur-Mer defences, and after crossing the bridge, as my father asked, I would count my steps and mark them on the cart with a knife. Once we were home in the evening, he knew that if there were “x” marks, it meant “x” meters. Give or take a couple meters, we knew where the blockhaus were.

My father would then pass the information to my uncle who was part of the Resistance.”

More details in the exhibition “In Their Footsteps“.

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