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War Panda18 Dec 2013 1:51 p.m. PST

I've just posted a Normandy AAR with a decent amount of cow photos…I've received notice that my Normandy cattle are all wrong…well wrong colour…

Does anyone actually know the right colour of a typical cow found in Normandy during the mid 40's.

I have some black and whites but the majority are brown/whites…

Now never accuse me of not starting interesting topics :)


11th ACR18 Dec 2013 2:03 p.m. PST

Try these:

Udderly ridiculous! Spare a thought for the humble Normandy cow.





ochoin leggero18 Dec 2013 2:06 p.m. PST

@ Gray Panda.

Your choice of colour was mis-steaken.
I think the udder photos show black & white.

I don't want to milk it but:
YouTube link

Petrov18 Dec 2013 2:10 p.m. PST

Cows with red spots? Are those the panzergrwnadier cows tbat were converted frlm regular cows in 1942?
What does Glantz have to say about red spotted cows on the eastern front?

War Panda18 Dec 2013 2:11 p.m. PST

@ochoin Your udderly ridiculus statement is an attempt at milking this serious topic for all its worth…but I'll be bigger than this…I'll just turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on

War Panda18 Dec 2013 2:17 p.m. PST

@ Petrov…don't be silly they obviously have the mizzles and I want it to be known that further attempts to mock me is futile; I've herd them all before and they just go in one ear and out the udder…

War Panda18 Dec 2013 2:22 p.m. PST

11th thank you for the photos; it seems in the mid 40's they were all black and white :) The link was really helpful thanks

Martin Rapier18 Dec 2013 3:03 p.m. PST

Normande cattle (they are a specific breed) are white with blotches which are either black or chestnut brown.

So white and brown cows are fine.

Jemima Fawr18 Dec 2013 3:39 p.m. PST

As Martin says; black or red-brown speckly blotches. They were the same then as now and they are still very typical for the area. Yours look absolutely fine. You could mix in some black-splotched cows, but you're absolutely not wrong.


You guy have way too much free time today.
.Like I have room to talk…

rigmarole18 Dec 2013 5:11 p.m. PST

I daresay that if you allow for grey pandas you should also be able to have any cow color you choose.

Bellbottom18 Dec 2013 5:36 p.m. PST

You lot are making me churn

StarfuryXL518 Dec 2013 10:23 p.m. PST

We can keep this up until the cows come home.

War Panda18 Dec 2013 11:51 p.m. PST

I hoof just about enough of this bullocks… I don't know what you guys have such a beef about but your attempts to bully me has been an udder failure

rigmarole19 Dec 2013 12:38 a.m. PST

So you are saying you remain uncowed?

GReg BRad19 Dec 2013 3:48 a.m. PST

Let me grab my jersey its friesland here! No serious they look fine to me.

Martin Rapier19 Dec 2013 4:18 a.m. PST

Normande cows aren't Friesians, that would be very unpatriotic.

Zephyr119 Dec 2013 3:21 p.m. PST

At least those cows aren't all that horny. That could have caused serious safety issues trying to handle them….

mrinku19 Dec 2013 10:05 p.m. PST

In an attempt to steer the thread to a conclusion:

Who dairies wins.

War Panda19 Dec 2013 10:21 p.m. PST

Thank you all…only one word describes how helpful you all have been: incredi-bull

donlowry20 Dec 2013 10:16 a.m. PST

I don't envy the G.I. in one photo (actually 2 versions) using a dead cow for cover!

I like your terrain, BTW, in the first photo.

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