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11 hours ago, PioneerRAE said:

Thanks for the info off Roy, and the further information on your project, and it must of been great to meet his son.

Lou

Thanks Lou

There is more to come yet...

I met with both Roy's sons this week in London. It was great to hear their stories too.

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Roy mentions that on entering the Chateau, he was led up a long flight of stairs, and into an amazingly decorated room.

Below is the grand stone staircase that Roy mentioned. Situated just inside the main entrance, this is the route Roy would have taken in 1944.

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Thanks for sharing your research and exploits. They are all very interesting ; the story of Roy Woolbridge is amazing.

 

Regards Mark

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On 29/04/2017 at 0:16 AM, Kentucky6 said:

That's great. Rommel lived in some nice places...definitely 5 stars...

Indeed Kentucky

The Chateau at La Roche Guyon is spectacular.

There is more to come...😊

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On 29/04/2017 at 3:26 AM, Mark P said:

Thanks for sharing your research and exploits. They are all very interesting ; the story of Roy Woolbridge is amazing.

 

Regards Mark

Thanks Mark

Glad that you are enjoying it.

It has been quite a journey of discovery. 

There is more to come.

 

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This is the room quoted by Roy as being 'amazingly decorated'.

The grand room at La Roche Guyon was where Rommel held meetings and entertained high ranking officers.

It is also the room where he interviewed Roy. 

 

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Roy quotes from his papers that 'when he was led into the grand room, he couldn't believe what scene was in front of his eyes, for standing behind a desk was Rommel, and looking out of the window was Von Rundstedt'.

The pictures below are stills from the 2012 film 'Rommel' and depict the moment when the British Commando is presented before Rommel.

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In the grand room at La Roche Guyon during Rommel's time, there was a desk at the far end, which Rommel used as his office desk. At the other end of the room there would have been the table as pictured earlier in the thread with Rommel entertaining various high ranking Officers.

 

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Below is a copy of a period picture of the grand room at La Roche Guyon. You can understand why Roy called it amazingly decorated.

This room was used as the location for many urgent military meetings between Rommel, his Staff and various high ranking German Officers, and as we are finding out through research, meeting with at least 2 British Commando's....

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Roy's story is well published. He had made the National Newspapers many times and also mainstream news channels including the BBC.

As per the BBC, the Royal Engineer previously recounted his memories on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow in 2014.

He recalled how Rommel asked if he needed anything and he replied "a pint of beer, cigarettes and a good meal". 

His collection of war memorabilia, including the empty cigarette packet given to him by Rommel, was valued at £10,000 by experts but he did not want to sell it and it will now be donated to the Imperial War Museum in London.

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47 minutes ago, Kentucky6 said:

I like those pictures. Is that villa a museum now or a private residence ?

Hi Kentucky,

The Chateau is a French National Monument. It is open to the public, however I believe it is still owned by the original family.

 

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