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- F. Cloake
- Location of story:
- Bizertier, North Africa
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- 18 October 2005
I joined the Terrirorial Army six weeks before the war started. I was in the 5th Battalion Folkestone. I falsified my age; told them I was seventeen when I was only sixteen.
First, we was deployed all over the country. Eventually, I went abroad to North Africa and then to Italy. In 1943 I was in Bizerter in North Africa. I was twenty and in the Royal Artillery. I remember hundreds and thousands of POWs, mostly Italians. They were marching to captivity by us. They were singing English songs especially Lily Marlane because it was popular across the world. They looked pleased I expect because they felt it was all over for them.
I felt nonchalant, it was them or us.
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