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Stories categorised in 'Outbreak of War 1939'. These stories may contain references to other themes.

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Keep Smiling Through, Part One: A Child in Wandsworth, Digging for Victory, and First Bombsicon for Recommended story

Mum gave Dad a last minute message, to get Gran and my Uncle George to leave their home in Clapham and use...

The Hodges Family in 1939 - Newcastle, Keswick, Carlisleicon for Recommended story

Mary and I had an earnest discussion as to whether we alighted at Fratton or Portsmouth and Southsea, but...

Memories of an Evacuee 1939icon for Recommended story

By the time I started at the Commonweal my brother and I were the only child evacuees from our group still...

London in 1939: Barrage Balloons, Bombs, Landmines and a Weddingicon for Recommended story

Now the barrage balloons, like great silver elephants on wire cables, appeared all over London, ready to...

Our First Date, on the Day War Broke Outicon for Recommended story

A Seven-Year-Old's Memories of 3 September 1939icon for Recommended story

I was playing in our front garden with my playmate David Bainham and playing in the rookery with our Dinky...

The War Starts - But What is a Chamberlain?icon for Recommended story

I had heard words such as Chamberlain, peace, war, Hitler, gas, wet blankets, Germans — I knew they...

September 3rd 1939, by Jean Siney (née Rigden)icon for Recommended story

My Mother, Sister and I had gone to spend three weeks of the summer holidays in Scotland with my...

War Declared on My Birthdayicon for Recommended story

Living in a small village of Minster Lovell the busy town of Hayes seemed like London to me. So terrifying...

Diary Entry, Salisbury: August/September 1939icon for Recommended story

Rose this morning to hear that the Germans had invaded Poland, and were attacking on all fronts....

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A teenagers war

Sometimes a bomber was passed from one Seachlight unit to another until it was forced to reduce height to...

Aircraftsman in RAF, 1939 to 1940

Added to my duties at Elstree I had something of a roving commission, having responsibility for other link...

Excerpts from a 'Memoir'

Hitler repeatedly declared that "Germany had no further territorial aims". Actually the policy of...

My 7th Birthday Surprise: 3rd September 1939

My playthings that day were the scaffold boards and poles that my dad pulled out from behind the garden...

Reg Gill: RAMC Training and Recruitment, 1939

I went there and reported to Sergeant radiographer who said "Oh you're that bloke from the 18th. I...

My War Years 1939-1945 (Part 1 1939-1942)

My best friend Betty, whom I'd met at a dance, invited me to her house and I was surprised to find that...

Philippa Gould's War from 1939 to V.E. Day 1945 - Part I (continued in Part II - A6183092)

It was decided that as my husband, Nigel Campbell, was on the reserve of the Sherwood Foresters and would...

Memories of an Evacuee from 1940 to 1945icon for Story with photo

When the train left the station, it was daylight, so we were able to see out of the train windows, which...

3rd September 1939

A lady called Marjorie Menhimick, said we were going to a big farmhouse and would take 6 children —...

Memories of the Phoney War-OCTOBER 1939 — JUNE 1940

I think we had been told we would be stationed at RAF Rollestone — the RAF Anti-Gas School —...

3 September 1939: Sunday Morning 11 O’Clock

But when it came to it Mum couldn't bear to part with us and said ‘No if we are going, we will...

MY DARLING DIARY PART 1: 1939-1940

The following extracts are reproduced, with permission from the publisher, from “My Darling Diary: A...

THE WARTIME YEARS — BEFORE I ENLISTED INTO THE ARMY 1939-1943

On the outskirts of Swindon Phillips and Powys and Miles Aircraft were already building training aircraft...

Remembering September 1939

We went in a special train to Caterham in Surrey and from there by coaches to Oxted, a small town built...

1st September 1939

My brother and I were pupils at Freemantle School but as we had a sister who was still a baby my Mother...

Phoney War

There were several cider apple trees on the farm and I remember going with the farmer to the top meadow to...

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