As we promised a few weeks ago, 2017 is going to be full of exciting new products. We’ve been busy sourcing and developing new items and we’d like to tell you about a few that we’re particularly proud of; our new range of World War Two-era road signs.
One version of our signs are from the Dutch town of Arnhem, scene of the final major battle in Europe in WW2. In September 1944, a plan formulated by British Field Marshal Montgomery sought to use Airborne forces to seize a series of key bridges, allowing the British XXX Corps to advance over the Rhine and into Germany. The northernmost bridge was located in the town of Arnhem and was the objective of the British 1st Airborne Division and Polish 1st Parachute Brigade. The Allied forces landed and encountered two SS Panzer divisions which were in the area for rest and refitting. In the ensuing battle, the paratroopers fought doggedly but were ultimately forced to retreat as reinforcements were unable to come to their aid in time. The battle became an iconic symbol of determined resistance in the face of adversity but Montgomery’s dream of crossing the Rhine in 1944 ultimately proved overambitious.
Another iconic sign we have is from the German capital Berlin. These symbolise a truly historic moment. By the spring of 1945, the Soviet Red Army had advanced into Germany itself and stood poised to enter the capital itself. Throughout April 1945 the Red Army continued to make ground until finally raising the Red flag above the Reichstag on 2 May. Less than a week later, the war in Europe ended, as Germany surrendered. The Battle of Berlin was the last major operation in the European theatre and is one of the most famous of the entire war.
We also have signs from the Belgian town of Bastogne, scene of the famous battle we covered in our blog a few weeks ago. Finally, we have signs from the French towns of Ste Mere Eglise, Carentan and Falaise, all momentous events in the Normandy campaign in the summer of 1944.
We’re very proud of our range of road signs and the history they represent. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!