- Contributed by
- Wakefield Libraries & Information Services
- People in story:
- Arthur B
- Location of story:
- South Kirkby, Italy, The Desert, Berlin
- Background to story:
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- Contributed on:
- 13 December 2004
Collected at Bullenshaw Day Centre, Hemsworth, by Val Hickin, Centre Manager, this story was submitted to the People's War site by Christine Wadsworth of Wakefield Libraries and Information Services on behalf of Arthur B. and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.
It was in 1939 when I was sent into the desert, I was there for three and half years. It was when Montgomery said “Today we go forward not one step back”.
I was in Berlin and saw Stalin, Churchill and Eisenhower sign the agreement.
All our letters home were censored. I was a driver, driving a wagon which was fitted with a propeller to the back, so that it could go into water. It carried eighty 4 gallon cans of petrol and we followed the tanks to keep them filled up. I also drove in Italy and from a distance I saw the Pope. All our food was in tins and had to be eaten out of the tin. We had to eat and sleep in our wagons.
When I came out of the army I went back to work at Kirkby Colliery later I went driving for St John’s Ambulance.
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