Sound: haircuts before D-Day

Haircuts

Hear O'Brien Reeve talk about how he and his friends prepared for their service in France.

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I remember that three of us, two of my fellow officers and myself, thought it would be a good idea, if we were going to land in France (we knew it would be France), we'd better make sure, from the point of view of hygiene – we didn't know what water situation would be like – so we'd better have a good haircut. So we shaved each other's head and we looked quite monstrous actually ... and as you can see, a little of it came back!

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O'Brien Reeve

O'Brien Reeve, flotilla officer, Royal Navy, 1944

O'Brien Reeve, 2004

O'Brien Reeve, 2004

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