Tagged with: World War Two

54 posts about World War Two on this blog

  1. The South Wales Borderers and D-Day

    Monday 2 June 2014, 10:33

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    D-Day, 6 June 1944. Shortly before dawn, the greatest sea-borne armada in the history of the world anchored off northern France preparing to disembark thousands of American, British and Commonwealth troops onto five pre-ordained invasion beaches.

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  2. Spies, lies and espionage during wartime Wales

    Thursday 5 December 2013, 10:22

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The story of Arthur Owens, the Welshman who spied for both Germany and Britain before and during World War Two has become quite well known. His motives were always unclear and the web of intrigue that seemed to surround his various enterprises make him a fascinating character. But Owens was not the only...

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  3. Vito Victor De Lorto: in search of a GI father

    Friday 5 July 2013, 14:30

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    Last October I received a request for help while appearing on BBC Radio Wales. It read: "How would you go about tracing an American GI from World War Two?"

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  4. GI babies - researching American soldiers' families

    Thursday 4 July 2013, 12:37

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    Nobody knows exactly how many GI babies were born but it is estimated to be in the thousands.

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  5. Welsh trawlers at war

    Monday 1 July 2013, 11:46

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    In all 136 fishing boats were lost during the Second World War, with over 900 trawlermen going to their deaths. And many of those men came from south Wales.

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  6. The Cwmparc bombing

    Monday 10 December 2012, 16:11

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    In April 1941, at the height of the German bombing offensive against Britain during World War Two, the small village of Cwmparc, just outside Treorchy, was subjected to a devastating bombing raid from the Luftwaffe.

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  7. Penarth's unusual war memorials

    Friday 9 November 2012, 15:35

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Phil Carradice writes about the Welsh seaside town Penarth that has a number of unusual war memorials for the BBC Wales History blog.

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  8. The Bevin Boys

    Monday 3 September 2012, 16:18

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    By the beginning of 1943 there was a shortage of around 36,000 miners, many having gone into the armed forces or left the mines in order to take up better paid jobs in places such as munitions factories.

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  9. The thrill of live television and reuniting old friends

    Wednesday 25 April 2012, 17:10

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

    A short while ago I was on the BBC's The One Show. I can't quite believe that I can now write that sentence or even that I was there. It was all very exciting and in the end I wasn't nervous at all, which is quite surprising really since it was my first time doing live telly.

    As I expected there was...

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  10. Lottery fund helps Cardiff war veteran to revisit Sri Lanka

    Tuesday 27 March 2012, 15:20

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    A national television advertisement for the National Lottery's Good Causes holds special significance for Cardiff war veteran Leslie Godwin.

    Leslie is one of over 50,000 people who have made commemorative trips through the BIG Lottery Fund's Heroes Return scheme.

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  11. The Kinmel Camp riots of 1919

    Sunday 4 March 2012, 15:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Some of the most serious riots in British military history took place between 4 and 5 March 1919 in the Canadian Army Camp at Kinmel Park in North Wales.

    Kinmel Park, just outside Abergele, was a transit camp for Canadians waiting to be repatriated...

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  12. The death of Alun Lewis

    Sunday 4 March 2012, 13:00

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Many people consider the young Welsh poet and short story writer Alun Lewis, a man who died on active service in Burma in 1944, a far better writer than the more famous Dylan Thomas.

    His body of work - two small poetry collections, two short books of prose - was not great and it is difficult to make...

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  13. The Defensible Barracks - a Victorian wonder

    Wednesday 15 February 2012, 08:30

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    Contrary to what many people believe, the west wales town of Pembroke Dock was never a naval town like Plymouth or Portsmouth. It was a dockyard town, a place that built ships, launched them into the waters of Milford Haven - and never saw them again once they had sailed off to duties in many other parts...

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  14. Mady Gerrard: holocaust survivor

    Friday 20 January 2012, 15:20

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    As National Holocaust Memorial Day approaches on Friday 27 January 2012, BBC Wales continues One Of Hitler's Mistakes, its compelling two-part documentary on the incredible life of Mady Gerrard.

    An award-winning fashion designer to the rich and famous, including stars such as Shirley Bassey and Susan...

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  15. Welsh Victoria Cross winners

    Monday 9 January 2012, 12:25

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The Victoria Cross is the highest decoration available for men and women who have performed acts of great valour in the face of the enemy. Since it was introduced during the Crimean War, the medal has been awarded to just under 1,400 people but, surprisingly perhaps, only 39 of those individuals have...

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  16. The Flat Holm lighthouse

    Monday 12 December 2011, 14:42

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

    The two islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm are well-known to residents of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Standing like sentinels guarding the eastern reaches of the Bristol Channel, Flat Holm, in particular, has a rich and varied history.

    The first signs...

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  17. Heritage Minister "disappointed" with National Library for accepting SS man's bequest

    Friday 2 December 2011, 10:40

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    The National Library of Wales has been criticised by Heritage Minister Huw Lewis AM for accepting a bequest of £300,000 and archive material from a Frenchman, Louis Feutren, who served in the Waffen SS during World War Two.

    The SS was a notorious paramilitary wing of Adolf Hitler's army, acting as...

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  18. Welsh POW David Harries shares memories of the horrors of war

    Friday 11 November 2011, 08:19

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    Eyewitness accounts from those who lived through World War Two can provide valuable historical documents for subsequent generations.

    Welsh Airman David Arthur Harries, from Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, tells how he survived a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Indonesia. In spite of witnessing instances...

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  19. The secret life of Bletchley code-breaker Mair Russell Jones

    Tuesday 1 November 2011, 10:29

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    BBC Wales News reports on the incredible secret life of 94-four-year-old Mair Russell Jones.

    For over 50 years Mair kept quiet about her wartime work which helped to hasten the end of World War Two by anything up...

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  20. 'Wales breaks its silence...' at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

    Friday 7 October 2011, 11:58

    BBC Wales History BBC Wales History

    Fifty-three Welsh Italians perished on the SS Arandora Star in 1940. The liner was transporting German and Italian internees along with prisoners of war to internment camps in Canada.

    The Arandora Star, which previously operated as a cruise ship, had been commandeered by the Admiralty...

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