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Diary Kept On Board the SS Orbita icon for Recommended story

The convoy's first course was westerly, nearly to Halifax, Nova Scotia, then south, towards the West...

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At the orchard we were told many tales of women snipers, and Banville church spire had sheltered Hun...

The Diary, Normandy 1944icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

The Canadians attacked the remainder of the aerodrome held by the enemy, finally capturing it by 1130 hrs....

Extract of War Diary: W V B Hiscock Part 1icon for Recommended story

Eventually, on the morning of the 6th, a Tuesday, we heard the unit open air transmitters, giving out...

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The following diary of the events around the D-Day Landings was written by my father, Edward Francis...

Diary Kept by Warrant Officer A.B.Frisby, RAF. as a Prisoner of Waricon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

First at Stalag VIII.B. at Lamsdorf Lower Silesia for about four months, then the new Luftwaffe controlled...

1944 Diary - Section 1icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Non-military people mentioned by name are his wife, Elise, and a sister, Gladys. 1st after Trinity A very...

From Roscommon to Anzioicon for Recommended story

Francis Donnelly, a Roscommon man attached to the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, was awarded the...

H.M.S.Victorious, A Sailor's Diaryicon for Recommended story

Arrived at Greenock on September 29th.New orders to proceed to Liverpool... March 8th leave Liverpool for...

HMS Belfast and the "Scharnhorst"icon for Recommended story

19:16 “Duke of York” and “Scharnhorst” start firing at each other and Starshell...

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Before he went away on 17 January 1944 to begin Basic in Ohio, his sister gave him a diary and a photo...

German Air Raidsicon for Recommended story

Dad and Roy saw 4 bombs go over and explode, machine guns firing... When Dad went out before, he said that...

Monte Cassino, March to May 1944icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Mar 22 : Larry's diary says he was at Mignano and two Messerschmits were shot down. April 23:...

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The day had started with my tank commander, Busty Thomas MM, going sick, I believe with an old wound, and...

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Journal of a WAAF 1944

Accordingly Nancy and I arranged for the Mess to give food and we cycled up with it for him. 5-12 duty......

Diary and Letters: January 1942 to August 1943

10 Jan 43, back in Arzew 13 Jan 43, move to La Macta 23 Jan 43, Tripoli falls to Rommel 25 Jan...

Uncle Derek's Diary - Malta - George Cross Islandicon for Story with photo

The following January he spent 5 months defending Malta as Squadron Leader with 261 during the worst...

Transcript from the War Diary of Driver A. Surry 2115302

Just my armoured truck and 6 sappers attacked a copse infantry fashion and out came 40 Jerries with small...

Troopship Diary

The convoy's first course was westerly, nearly to Halifax, Nova Scotia, then south, towards the West...

A Royal Marine's Diary - from Portsmouth to Cairo

9th, we are well on our way now to our second port of call, which may be Cape Town , if we...

A Father's Diary

Christine I am writing this page for you, to let you see the state of the World at this present time....

My Trip to France in 1944

Next day we took another trip to St Omer, this time we visited of one the lads who is in the Canadian...

Ray Heslop's War Diary

Ray, one of three children, was born on 19th September 1916 of Robert Heslop and Helena Lily in Darlington,...

Diary of a Colonial Administrator

Lots of little boats kept coming alongside all day and flying boats were continuously taking off and...

Wartime Diary (February 1942)

Took taxi into town with ……, Ted and Cliff. Ted, Frank, Cliff, Bernard and I on the Christian...

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