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31 Those That Died

Royal Engineer   I lost mates.  But a lot of it was not when we were going into attacks.  The first six, half dozen was three weeks after D Day.  We dug into this field by the side of the … Continue reading

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30 Looking Back

If I knew when the war broke out what I know today… London Woman  The only thing I’m annoyed with Hitler for was he took seven years of my life (although I enjoyed my years on the buses) at a … Continue reading

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29 Let’s Face It – Who Cared About the Jews?

I must admit that when I realised the full extent of the horror of what the Nazis were doing I was really shaken Somerset Teenage Girl   I was at the Odeon in Weston and they had pictures of the extermination … Continue reading

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28 Back in Civvy Street

When I came out the Airforce I went up the Labour.  I said “Can I have a job please?” Scunthorpe Man   I was demobbed June, 1946.  I’d been in nearly seven years. They did offer for me to stay on … Continue reading

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27 Demobbed

Demobbed?  I finished up in Palestine! Scunthorpe Army Man  During the war the only exciting thing that was going to happen to me was we were earmarked to go the Far East.  The next step was getting kitted out and … Continue reading

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26 VE Day and the Labour Landslide

We all had visions of socialism then East London Teenager Boy  VE Day was one of the most emotional days in my life. (1)   There were Union Jacks out and every one was saying “We want the King!”  Everyone was … Continue reading

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25 Advance Across Western Europe

The flying bombs were dreadful bombs.  That’s when they were on their last knockings London Lad   There really were dreadful bombs.  You never knew when they were coming.  There was no warning.  There was not even an air raid siren. … Continue reading

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