You,You & You! Forward by Angus Calder; 2013 Introduction by Pete Grafton; Acknowledgements.
Chapter I: Before the War A funeral, I’m sorry to say, that used to be like a luxury, to have a funeral.
Chapter 2: The Jewish Emigres My parents were Jewish, so things began to go downhill after 1930.
Chapter 3: The Day War Broke Out It’s that vivid that Sunday morning when they said war had broke out. I said to myself “What are you crying for?”
Chapter 4: Evacuation It was like an auction affair, like a jumble sale.
Chapter 5: 1940: Threat of Invasion I felt certain the war was over, that we’d lost.
Chapter 6: Intern The Foreigners Churchill had the right kind of instincts “We’ve got to do something’ and like in Germany, you immediately turn on the Jews.
Chapter 7: Battle of Britain The aerodrome at North Weald was a fighter station. Spitfires.
Chapter 8: Blitz The horrific time for me was when the bombs were coming down.
Chapter 9: Conscripts and Volunteers: Men As long as you heart was ticking these doctors reckoned you were alright.
Chapter 10 The Overseas Volunteer Sometimes you sit down and you say “What the hell am I doing here. There’s no war in our country.”
Chapter 11 Embarkation He went out one morning and he didn’t come back for over three years
Chapter 12 The Conscientious Objectors My Mother simply said to me “I didn’t give birth to you to have you killed at the age of 23 so good luck to you.”
Chapter 13 Women at War The first time I came home I had me great big haversack, me gas mask and me tin helmet and me Mum looked at me and said “Ooh Rene, whatever have they done to yer?”
Chapter 14 War Work 1937 work was changing. Everywhere. They was after production. They knew as this war was going to come off.
Chapter 15 Army Life The King says to me “How do you like Army life?” I told him I didnae like it.
Chapter 16 The Royal Navy I don’t want to sound rotten about this, but in my opinion, having mixed with all parts of the other services, I would say the comradeship is highest in the navy.
Chapter 17 The RAF You went to war for 6 hours and you came back to clean sheets and ham and eggs.
Chapter 18 POWs The Guard was saying “Don’t go near that, you’ll die. It’s electrocuted.”
Chapter 19 Mutiny and the Underground “Last night’s action was bordering on mutiny!”
Chapter 20 Court Martial and AWOL I’m on a charge of striking a superior officer.
Chapter 21 Interlude Somerset Children’s War Experiences.
Chapter 22 A Relaxation of Morals When a lot of guys were abroad the other guys were kipping up with their wives
Chapter 23 D Day When we was getting near France and I realised this was it, I was like a jelly. I wasn’t no hero.
Chapter 24 Disaffection of the Forces The maximum sentence for disaffection of the Forces under regulation 1AA was fifteen years. We didn’t know what to expect.
Chapter 25 Advance Across Western Europe The Flying bombs were dreadful bombs. That’s when they were on their last knockings.
Chapter 26 VE Day and the Labour Landslide We all had visions of socialism then.
Chapter 27 Demobbed Demobbed? I finished up in Palestine!
Chapter 28 Back in Civvy Street When I came out the Airforce I went up the Labour. I said ‘Can I have a job please?’
Chapter 30 Looking Back If I knew when the war broke out what I know today….