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The Wartime Memoirs of a Teenager

by Silver Surfers

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Silver Surfers
People in story: 
Frederick Dyke
Location of story: 
Coleshill
Background to story: 
Army
Article ID: 
A1111113
Contributed on: 
16 July 2003

Little did we realise that the bombing would reach the proportions as it did over the next few months. Air raids were taking place over the larger towns and cities as Jerry tried to bring the U.K. to its knees and its population sued for peace.
We were determined and as Winnie had already announced we would never surrender, the country was now on high alert as the raids became more frequent and the bombs were larger and varied in size.
We now began to feel the meaning of Hitler's threats regarding his rantings about his secret weapons as larger and more powerful bombs were being used and the damage to buildings, factories, and of course the loss of peoples lives.
I have to say at this stage his boastings and those of his minister of Propoganda, Dr.Goebbels were not just idle boasts, but did become a serious threat to this country.
From memory, to name just a number of his secret weapons including the following, The Screaming Bomb,DA delayed action bomb, Explosive Incendary 500lb bombs, 1,000 bombs, Land Mines (Parachute attached) Butterfly bombs (anti personnel) all used against the civilian population hoping to break the spirit of our resistance.
Thr Jerries did have others besides these and I will attempt to name these later.At the A.M.A.C. we were working a 24 hour shift system as the demand for castings increased and I found that I was due for a spell on the night shift.
Living in Birmingham as the raids increased the factory had one or two near misses, but fortunately never put out of action and we were able to continue full production at all times.
This is an extract from my book which I will be publishing at a later date.

CHAPTER 15.
Women Register.
As the war dragged on it was recognised that our women could play an important part in the countries war effort,all women over the age of 18 were ordered to register for service.they would replace men that had entered the forces from the factories,and also if required they would be allowed to serve in the armed forces from choice
Many girls were already in the forces as Britains fighting strength began to grow,more women were directed to the W.A.A.F[Womens auxilary air force] the WRENS [womens royal naval service]and the A.T.S[womens auxilary territorial service].These were not the only jobs that the girls were drafted into as many others found their way into CivilDefence as Ambulance Drivers,the N.F.S.[National fire service],WLA[womens land army]and many other jobs that prior to the outbreak of war was only done by male workers.IT would be true to say that many women played an outstanding part in achieving victory as did their menfolk in many theaters of war.They did their job with devotion and courage and with some loss of life,the home front was grateful indeed for their gallant efforts.

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Posted on: 23 July 2003 by Silver Surfers

I know Fred who wrote Wartime Memoirs of a Teenager. He is an excellent character and I know that he is writing a book which includes information about the Pigeon Service with the Forces. For example, did you know that 200,000 pigeons were used by the armed forces in World War 2 and that 32 pigeons were awarded the animal VC (Dicken Medal). Nineteen to dogs, three to horses, one to a cat.

Fred Orton

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