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- wneled (William Ledbury)
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- William Ledbury (Researcher 233681)
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- UK. Algeria, Tunisia and Central Europe.
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- 27 January 2004
For a while we were stationed in a large house called The Grange, in an elevated part of Eastbourne. Here the unit absorbed an intake of G.P.O. personnel, many of whom were given automatic promotion having been civil servants.
In the evenings we were entertained by the latest outpourings of Lord Haw-Haw. I had been receiving and re-transmitting urgent messages to and from various units in the surrounding area at night.
Next, we were split up into small detachments to be deployed on various beaches: my station was at Pevensey Bay near Bexhill-on-Sea and Langney Point, Eastbourne. It was whilst at the latter that I heard that most arousing speech by Winston Churchill, regarding fighting the enemy on the beaches, on the landing grounds, etc.
It was indeed a very proud moment when we were able to see waves of spitfires flying low towards enemy territory and to see them giving the 'victory roll' upon their safe return - mission accomplished.
The threat of invasion by the enemy named Seeloewe (Sea Lion), had been planned by the Fuhrer to have taken place on 17th September, 1940, but he later decided to call it off altogether on 10th October.
As soon as the danger of invasion had passed, we moved to Hastings, where the 172nd Field Regiment, R.A. was later formed in January,1942.
During this year we made several visits to the South Downs above Alfriston and above Lewes for exercises, Finally a special visit to the firing ranges at Larkhill in Wiltshire, during which our 155 Battery met with considerable success.
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