Banffshire Coast News
Wartime Memorabilia on Display
A treasure trove of wartime memorabilia has gone on display at Duff House, Banff. The exhibition includes historic documents, newspaper cuttings and artefacts from World War II. A range of interpretive boards have also been set up to explain what life was like for the north-east during the 1930s and 1940s. Duff House itself played a significant role in the war as a military base and prisoner of war camp. The 18th-century house had been used as a hotel and sanatorium when it was handed over to the UK Government in 1940. Initially it became an internment camp for people living in Britain who were believed to be a threat. It was later used to hold prisoners of war. In July 1940 it was attacked by a lone Heinkel HeIII bomber whose pilot had mistaken it for an allied base. Six PoWs were killed in the raid. The house was later used as a base for Scottish, English, Norwegian and French troops until the war ended.