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Siegfried Line

“We’re Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” wartime card game made by William Sessions Ltd, 1940s. The Siegfried Line refers to the German heavily defended line across Europe designed to keep out the allies, much like the Maginot Line which the French relied on at the start of the war. See the Rules

“We’re Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” wartime card game made by William Sessions Ltd, 1940s

Above: the small ‘Washing’ cards.

“We’re Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” wartime card game made by William Sessions Ltd, 1940s

Above: “We’re Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” card game made by William Sessions Ltd, The Ebor Press, York (UK) 1940s. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

“We’re Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” wartime card game made by William Sessions Ltd, 1940s

They say that this defensive line, laughed at by the British, cost over a quarter of a million allied lives.


Music Scores, 1939

I'm Sending You the Siegfried Line (Leon Cortez) We're Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Seigfried Line Billy Cotton

Above: Music scores courtesy Rex Pitts.

Later Edition

This is a version of the game which was obviously re issued, probably after the War had ended, when everybody had forgotten about the Siegfried Line. It is titled “Laundry Line – Out” and the only difference is the colour of the card backs, being pink instead of green. I have never thought that the original was very widespread so this version is probably around even less. It’s a shame it didn’t seem to do well because it is naive but quite cute. See the Rules

“Laundry Line – Out”

Above: “Laundry Line – Out”. The colour of the card backs is pink.

“Laundry Line – Out”
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