A Potted History of the War

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A Potted History of the War

Father goes to sea as a boy of 15. His log book says "Daddy asked me to bring him back a monkey" but the souvenir he gives his Dad, Arthur Lindegaard is a pottery water jar. Arthur inscribes "MED MINSK TIL ALGIER 1923"on the pot in black ink.

The 1960s. We inherit the pot. In between Arthur's decorations there is tiny writing. Dates, words: Curfew, Mussolini, Afrika..

An English-Danish Dictionary is needed. In March 1940 the "Minsk" is sunk. Arthur writes it on the pot. He then goes on to global events. Armies march round the pot. Stalingrad, Tunis, Casablanca, Tripoli, then "Invasion Normandiet 6 Jun 1944".

Nov 1943; "Kirke Kionkerne i Englund Ringede" he writes. Churchill's order is "Ring the Bells", after El Alamein.

Arthur's record of the war on a pot is made in occupied Denmark. It is his resistance. We worry for what could have been. He died in Copenhagen in March 1945. He never knew the end of the story.

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