The camps cigarette were transit camps forAmerican soldiers, on their arrival in France or while waiting to be deported back to the USA. They were set up in the Seine-Maritime region, near the port of Le Havre, the main transit port, code-named 16th Port. The cigarette camps take their names from the commercial brands of American cigarettes distributed at the time. This choice was dictated by a quest for wartime security1: their names provide no indication that the enemy could locate these camps, even though tens of thousands of soldiers were to stay there for varying lengths of time.
Photo credit and contribution Benoit Jan Wieczak