BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in February 2012We've left it here for reference.More information

13 July 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site Print this page 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!


What a Choice

by duxford04

Contributed by 
People in story: 
Mike Love
Location of story: 
Background to story: 
Royal Air Force
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
27 September 2004

I lived in London throughout the war. When I left school, I got a job making aircraft parts. I also joined the ATC. I suppose you just lived from day to day then.

When I was 17¼ I volunteered for the RAF. As was the system at the time, they deferred my service until I was 18. However, before I got that far, they decided in 1944 that I was surplus to requirements and I was made redundant! They actually gave me a choice. I could either join the army, or could go to work down the coal mine.

I opted for the army, and eventually found myself in India with the Royal Horse Artillery. We had large guns fitted to a tank chassis, and we had to take them up to the North West Frontier to see how well they worked. I can remember it was hard going, and that they did about ½ mile a gallon!

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

British Army Category
India Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy