Replacing ' American Thatch ' . . . . . . . . . . . .
I have mentioned this before but will repeat it again to help set the scene of this post. After D-Day and around the end of the war the American government through the use of the US Army supplied tons of corrugated steel to replace or repair bomb damaged roofs of French houses and buildings, this corrugated steel became known as American thatch as it was being used to replace many thatched roofs.
So Thursday I spent the day helping friends remove the American Thatch and replace with slate tiles on an old barn they are restoring for use as a holiday home. When they bought the barn several years ago up in the rafters they recovered an old American M-42 jacket hanging from a nail, probably left by one of the engineers fitting the corrugated steel roof, along with the jacket they recovered a pick-mattock.
A lot of the old mud wall is being covered over with cinder blocks which will ultimately be cement rendered.
Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, May 27 2017.