Hear O'Brien Reeve talk about how he and his friends prepared for their service in France.
I remember that three of us, two of my fellow officers and myself, thought it would be a good idea, if we were going to land in France (we knew it would be France), we'd better make sure, from the point of view of hygiene – we didn't know what water situation would be like – so we'd better have a good haircut. So we shaved each other's head and we looked quite monstrous actually ... and as you can see, a little of it came back!
O'Brien Reeve, flotilla officer, Royal Navy, 1944
O'Brien Reeve, 2004
O'Brien Reeve interviewed by Alison Parr. Ministry for Culture and Heritage D-Day Oral History project.
Images from O'Brien Reeve collection
How to cite this page
'Sound: haircuts before D-Day', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/sound/sound-haircuts-before-d-day, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 18-Dec-2014