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Old 11-30-2019, 01:02 AM   #1
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Lieutenant Bradley Pitt, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, an abandoned Chateau, Normandy.,

In July, 1944, The Royal Winnipeg Rifle Regiment was finally taken off the line, along with the rest of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division - at least for a short time. Lieutenant Bradley Pitt and his elite regiment had been fighting non-stop ever since June 6th, when he - and they - came ashore on Juno Beach. Now it was time to rest, and do some light patrolling away from the front line. Here he has found an intact, but recently abandoned chateau, and decides to do some careful exploring and scavenging on foot, ever mindful of boobytraps and snipers ...

0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

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0-6 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

0-7 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

He spots an open door and goes inside:

0-8 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Whoever was here left in a hurry ...

0-3 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

The bedroom lights are still on ...

0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

What Lieutenant Pitt wouldn't give for some sleep in a real bed:

0-2 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

0-4 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Oh, for just an hour of sleep ...

0-6 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Walking down the service corridor ...

0-8 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

So peaceful ...

0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

0-1 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Man, he could really do with a drink.

0-2 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr


What's this?

0-3 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Damn! Empty ...

0-4 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

But these aren't ... and there are dozens of the region's finest vineyards represented here!

0-5 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

These two will do just nicely ...

0-6 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

And here's a nice place to sleep it off afterwards...

0-7 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

So Lieutenant Pitt finishes them both off, and turns in for the night ...

0-8 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

But he stays for a week. The End.


0-9 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

I just bought a bunch of wine bottles from Battlegear Toys and I wanted to use them in a photoshoot.

Here is the full Lt. Bradley Pitt:

0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Shirt and tie with all the insignia, but he wears a standard infantry webbing set, with only a pistol added to hint at his officer's status.

0-2 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Four BGT wine bottles: Three French and one Italian ...

0-1 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Note: Bradley fell over so many times that on my last replacing of dropped equipment, I ended up putting his binoculars on backwards for the first half of the shoot. Oh well ...

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Old 11-30-2019, 02:26 PM   #2
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Re: Lieutenant Bradley Pitt, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, an abandoned Chateau, Normandy.,

Here are a few pictures additional:

Light the candles, pop the corks!

0 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Who really needs food anyway? "A Toast, Madam? Screw Hitler! (Hic!)"

0-1 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

My flask really did need filling anyway!

0-2 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

"Gotta prepare for tomorrow, don't-cha-know!"


0-3 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Epilog: For his resourcefulness in the field, and for surviving a whole week alone without food, while being pinned down by a company of SS snipers, Pitt was promoted to captain, and received the Canadian Military Medal. His colonel particularly loved the case of 1899-vintage Champagne ! The family returned in mid-August, and while they were not surprised that most of the good wine was gone, they were shocked to see that someone had left a Sten gun in the maid's bedroom.

I saw this real estate video on Youtube, of a Chateau for sale near Bergerac, Dordogne, south west France, and I just couldn't resist using it as a backdrop!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTZYIFcBQDA

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