WWII Journal: Paul Farnum, 1 June 1944

The 79th Infantry Division shoulder patch features the Cross of Lorraine in recognition of the division's victory in the Lorraine campaign in the First World War. Courtesy Wikimedia.

On 1 June, the entire 313th Regiment moved by motor to a new location, Lype Hill, located in Somersetshire.

The 79th Infantry Division shoulder patch features the Cross of Lorraine in recognition of the Division’s victory in the Lorraine Campaign of the First World War. The Cross of Lorraine was a symbol of Joan of Arc (originally from Lorraine), and became a symbol of French nationalism and determination to regain the province when it was occupied by the Germans 1871-1918. During the Second World War, the Cross of Lorraine became a symbol for Free France, and Free French forces adopted as their flag the standard red, white, and blue “tricoleur” with a red Cross of Lorraine superimposed on the white bar in the center of the flag.

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