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later credited to this ‘studied insult’.75 For the most part, however, officers were under more secure cover. At Oulton, they slept in tin huts, and at Arrowe Park they were housed in a cricket pavilion.76 The shortcomings of tented accommodation were clearly recognised by the British authorities. Visiting Aintree, Haydock Park and Arrowe Park in late July 1940, Dame Rachel Crowdy, Regions’ Adviser to the Ministry of Information, reported, ‘Tents are many of them badly pitched [sic], in some cases having subsided owing to the sailors having removed the tent poles in

in The forgotten French