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End October or beg. November 1954, Tain-l'Hermitage, Drôme:

Reference number for this case: Oct-Nov-54-Tain-l'Hermitage. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.




French Peasant Bags 'Martian', Ear is Trophy


TAIN-L'HERMITAGE, France, Nov. 5. -- The first casualty in a war between French peasants and "Martians" was reported here today.

A grape picker mistook a fellow worker for a visitor from outer space in the dark last night and attacked him so savagely with his club that one ear was thorn off before the attacker realized his mistake.

It was the latest in the series of "Martian" incidents rampant throughout France. Several French peasants have reported seeing flying saucers and spacemen land and a number of pitchfork-wielding peasants have ambushed fellow countrymen.

Until last night either their aim had been bad or the intended victim was able to shout out in passable French in time.

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:

At Taint-l'Hermitage [sic], Central France, a vineyard worker decided that a neighbor, M. Neyret, looked "extraordinary" in the dusk and beat him severely. Only after he had torn off one of M. Neyret's ears did the worker discover the man was not a Martian.


Michel Carrouges indicates that an AFP news release for November 4, 1954, mentions a confusion in Train-l'Hermitage, in the Drôme: in the darkness, a vine grower had seen a silhouette which appeared "extraordinary" to him. He told himself "that's a Martian", and with a stick, he mercilessly struck the pseudo Martian who was Mr. N.. Mr N. had to call upon a doctor for his ear was torn.


In Tain-l'Hermitage (Drôme), a vinegrower struck until he took of the ear another "Martian" who was also only one of his neighbors.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541106 06.11.1954 Tain Hermitage France Night NL
19541104 04.11.1954 Train Ermitage [sic] France CE III


Confusion, known as such at the time.


(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Tain-l'Ermitage, Drôme, martian, darkness, humanoid, confusion


[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 18, 2007 First published, [mc1], [dc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 22, 2016 Additions [re1], [ub1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 8, 2016 Addition [gb1].

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