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- David G Brooks
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- 03 June 2005
We hear much of the bravery, valour and determination of the Soldiers and Airmen who fought and possibly died during the Second World War. God bless them and every one for without them we could not have won. But do not forget the other 'army' who battled just as hard and in many cases gave their lives for the same cause..
The so called ordinary civillians who lived through the same experiance as the troops.
Those who were killed or injured during Air Raids, while producing back up with manufacturing weaponary, and hardware to keep the troops in supplies. People who worked through raids on the home front to keep our brave forces with the enemy day and night.
To get a better prespective on this let me tell you my story. When the war broke out i was 9 years old. I lived with my mum and dad. Dad had been injured in the First World War and was declared unfit. My parents were caretakers at a Doctors Surgery in Loughborough, Leicestershire. My dad had a job supervising production of parachute silk for the R.A.F. I was at school. But during the Battle of Britain when we were suffering nightly Air Raids by German Bombers we had to adapt ourselves. Dad became a 'Street Warden'. Patroling certain streets during raids and reporting any bombing or fires, or organising ambulances etc if they were needed. Mum stayed in the surgery which was used an emergency aid station. Even i was used. My job was 'Street Runner'. If the phones were down or very busy it was my job to go out, even if the raid was still on to get help to deal with whatever had happened. Bombs might still be coming down, but it had to be done. Most of these raids were at night, but the following day we were all suposed to carry on with our normal lives. Dad at work, mum cleaning at the surgery and i went to school. This could happen night after night but we still carried on and tried to keep it as normal as possible.
God bless the Armed Forces, but do not let us forget the thousands of so called Civvies who were as much involved as any soildier, sailor or airman who endured this terrible time in our history.
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