Beaulieu Forge and petrol pump

    This view shows another entrance to the Beaulieu blacksmith's forge and the village petrol pump on the Rue Emile Desourteaux. What seems a little strange to 21st century safety-conscious eyes is that the tram tracks run directly in front of the pump, so anyone buying fuel would be parked on them. To the left, at the rear of this view, some car roofs are visible. Also see the photograph of the adjacent area to the right of view where some visiting cyclists were shot and another of the Forge with the Champ de Foire. The inscription on the plaque reads, "Here at this place of torment a group of men were massacred and burnt by Nazis. Collect your thoughts". See the village plan for location details.

Beaulieu forge and Oradour village petrol pump
The Oradour village petrol pump in front of the Beaulieu forge

Identification label on the Oradour village petrol pump
Identification label on the Oradour village petrol pump (still shiny after 70 years)


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Michael Williams ... revised January 2014