“Château de Chiffrevast”: 1944 and 2014


Two Signal Corps women1944:

Signal Corps women Pfc Laura Kepfli of Prague, Oklahoma and Pvt Helen Braun of St Louis, Missouri, unit unidentified. serving at a Signal Corps facility.

PhotosNormandie identifies this as outside of the orangery on the grounds of Château de Chiffrevast.

(An orangery or orangerie was a building in the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries and given a classicising architectural form. The orangery was similar to a greenhouse or conservatory. The name reflects the original use of the building as a place where citrus trees were often wintered in tubs under cover, surviving through harsh frosts. -Wikipedia)

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Orangery2014:

An exact match between the 1944 and 2014 photos have not been found.

This is the closest to an orangery at the Chateau de Chiffrevast.

Photo by Cheryl A. Robinson

Northern France with details of the 3110th Signal Service Battalion’s service in Normandy.

Infantry, Air Force, Medical, and Signal Corps Units in Tamerville and Valognes


Another in an ongoing series about our trip to France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Liberation of France and the memorial in Tamerville. Tamerville is among the places where my late father Felix A. Cizewski, served in Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion.


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2 Responses to ““Château de Chiffrevast”: 1944 and 2014”

  1. kmhoffman2013 Says:

    What became of Laura and Helen?

    • Leonard H. Cizewski Says:

      As I prepared this post I discovered another posting of their photo with their names in the caption.

      I don’t know what happened to Laura and Helen but hope to do more research starting with the identity of their unit.

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