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    Posted 10 months ago

    BillGibb
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    This is Sammy. Brussels was liberated by the British on 3 September 1944. A little later the British troops were followed by their American allies. Their journey from the south took them along the Chausée de Mons, across or past the Pont du Canal and along la Rue Emile Carpentier. As they passed an American GI noticed a young woman holding in her arms her one-year old baby, Marie-Pierre. Reaching down from his tank as the mother held up the baby towards him, he handed over Sammy.
    76 years later Sammy remains one of Marie- Pierre’s treasured possessions.

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    1. mareredware mareredware, 10 months ago
      thanks for sharing your story. yours is the second doll like my dad's that I have seen. and I love the history with it. Hello to Marie Pierre. she has taken better care of Sammy than my siblings and I cared for our dolls!
    2. BillGibb, 10 months ago
      Thank you so much.Marie-Pierre was delighted.
    3. Kellymore Kellymore, 10 months ago
      This doll was produced by the Unique Firm of Belgium, around 1945, to commemorate the liberation of Belgium and Holland by the Germans, they were made as a gift for the soldiers.
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 10 months ago
      Love his face which looks pretty happy for a guy with no hands that I see ! Most people line up their dolls it appears as if in a police line up !~
    5. mareredware mareredware, 10 months ago
      BillGibb, if interested...chinaheads has a post from 5 years back of her 2 dolls with more information. One of her dolls is a little Dutch girl I believe.

    6. Kellymore Kellymore, 1 month ago
      No Duch, is UNICA COUTROIS ( BELGIUM) is dressed in typical Dutch costume

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