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Ron Goldstein
User ID: U520216

Updated:1/2/2006

The time is now 07:50 and to my surprise I am still able to edit this article!
I wonder if a 'reprieve' has been granted.

SECTION 1 ALTERNATIVE SITES AFTER TODAY
SECTION 2 MY PERSONAL DETAILS
SECTION 3 ARMY CAREER from 1942 to 1947
SECTION 4 MY POSTINGS LISTED CHRONOLOGICALLY
SECTION 5 AN INDEX OF IMAGES
SECTION 6 LINKS TO 'FRIENDS' ON THIS SITE
SECTION 7 HOW TO CONTACT ME

SECTION 1 ALTERNATIVE SITES

After this site becomes an ARCHIVE I remind friends that I will be using the following forums:

Second World War :http://2ndww.blogspot.com/

This new site has been created by the "Gang of Four", namely (in Alphabetical order) Tom Canning,Peter Ghiringhelli,Ron Goldstein and Frank Mee and will be operative from the 1st of February 2006.

The site will hopefully cater for all those who have been using the existing BBC site for serious discussion and research into WW2. Old and new friends welcome.

h2g2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/
This 'sister' site that was linked closely to the People's War site and duplicated everyone's Personal Page.

WW2 Forum at:http://www.ww2talk.com/index.php?showtopic=2035
Another well run WW2 site that already has contributions from users of this site.

Also:http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbhistory/F2233811?thread=1794704
or I can be contacted by e-mail (scroll down below for details).

SECTION 2 PERSONAL DETAILS:
(as on date shown above)

I am a product of my times,and as this site became an archive, was an active 82 yr old. I am happily retired with a lovely wife and a delightful family (two married daughters and five grandchildren) and ever anxious to place on record how my family served their country during World War 2.

I was born on the 16th of August 1923, left school at the age of thirteen and had a variety of jobs before war broke out when I had reached the tender age of sixteen.

I'm computer-literate as the result of a year's Open University (on the Fundamentals of Computing) which, in 1988, started me off on a new hobby. My other earlier hobby is the study of Ancient Coins and through the generosity of Peter Ghiringhelli my collection is listed on his super website "Weborama". link:http://www.petergh.f2s.com/coinshistory.htm
If you wish to go directly to this beautifully organised site use this link:
http://www.petergh.f2s.com

For the benefit of future researchers, here is as good a place as any to thank Peter G. for the inestimatable assistance he has given to countless enquirers and writers of articles on this site. This is research at its best.
Well done that man !

SECTION 3 ARMY DETAILS:

I was called up on 1/10/42 and my army records show that I was released on 12/4/47 and posted to 'Y' list. My length of service is shown as 4 years 294 days
My rank on discharge was W/Corporal and my service number was 14300260.
My medals are as listed below:
1939-1945 Star
Africa Star
Italy Star
Defence Medal (I was in Civil Defence in 1942)
Victory Medal

To read any of the articles listed below,all of which now have images attached, click on the highlighted links shown in brackets.
The two numbers in brackets, e.g.,(01) are purely for my own reference as I have taken the precaution of saving all my articles as a single MS-WORD document

Most of the 77 photos indexed below have been taken from my Army Album and I suppose that I have in effect transferred my Army Album into the Public Domain. A piece about my album can be seen here:
(55) http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A2612567

The simplest way to learn about my WW2 background is to look at
(02) 'Ron's Grand Tour' (A2156564)which also includes a map. You could also look at the Chronological Index below which lists the stories I have posted and sets them into a time scale.

SECTION 4 ARTICLES POSTED, CHRONOLOGICALLY

Sep 3, 1939
(03) Five Sons, all serving in H.M.Forces (A2025028)
(04) Waiting to be called up (A2416268).

Oct 1, 1942 Bury St.Edmunds, Called up, aged 19 and Posted to 53rd Primary Training Wing
(05) Early Army Days,October 1942 (A2176616)

Nov ’42 Whitby, Yorkshire Posted to 52nd Anti Aircraft Driver Training Regiment,Royal Artillery to be trained as a Driver/Wireless Operator
(06) Training to be a Driver/Wireless Operator (A2065853)

Feb ’43 Haltwhistle, Northumberland Posted to 112th L.A.A. Regiment.
(07) Tip and Run Raiders, Hove 1943 (A4208816)

Mar’43 Hove, Sussex, Congleton, Cheshire, Woolwich (Where the overseas draft REAYK assembled), London, Home for embarkation leave.

Apr’43 Liverpool, S.S.Frankonia, The ship that took us to North Africa. Algiers.
Posted to 49th Light Anti Aircraft Rgt. at Tunis
(08) Not my worst night, by any means (A1996860)
(09) Algiers, April 1943, Our first sight of Africa (A7050520)
Cap Matifou, Ghardimeau, Medjes El Bab, (Tunisia)

May ’43
(10) A Driver/Op in Light Ack Ack (A2077274)

June ‘43 Carthage, Guelma, Hammamet Boarded ship for the invasion of Sicily.
(76) Dining out in Guelma
(11) Sicily, then on to Italy (A2370674).

July’43 Syracuse, (Sicily), Bronte, Adrano, Messina.
(12) Lt.Whitfield's directing debut (A4268658)
(13) Lt.Whitfield and the butterfly spring (A4565423)
(14) A Postcard from Sicily, 3rd Sept 1943 (A6924170)

Sep’43 Reggio di Calabria, Invasion of Italy, Crotone, Bari, Foggia, Termoli.
(15) Dive bombing-A memory confirmed (A3232621)
Dec ’43 Carovilla, Cantalupo, Agnone, Riccia, Campo Basso, Bagnolia.

Jan'44 New Years Day 1944
(16) Snowed in at Carovilli (A3443113)

Feb ’44 Ortogna, Mignano, Cassino (The Regiment was responsible for smoke laying beneath the monastery), Caserta, Afragola, San Vittorio.
(17) Monte Cassino, March to May 1944 (A2293616).
See also 'Return to Cassino' (A4062386)
(18) Gunner Burnard and the Brigadier (A3757854)
Mar ’44
(19) Two weeks in dock in Naples and not a wound to show for it (A2274761).

Apr’44 Vanairo, Vanafro, Ceprano, Lake Trasimeno, Rome.

June '44
(20) Day leave in Rome (A1941383).
Baschi, Tiber, Frosinino, Taranto. Pulled out of the line.
(21) The 78th Div goes to Egypt to re-fit and re-form (A2515475). S.S.Empires Pride The ship that took us to Egypt to reform and re-equip.

Jul’44 Alexandria,(Egypt), Cairo, Ishmalia, Amiryah
(22) Day leave in Alexandria (A3060677)
S.S.Homer Lee The American ship that took us back to Italy
Augusta, (Sicily) Assisi (Italy), Vasto, Termoli, Sangro, Pescara, Scarperia, Florence, Firenzuolo.

Oct ’44 Sienna, Tavernelle, Naples, Ancona.
Nov '44 Firenzuola
(23) Commandeering billets in Italy (A5370987)
Dec’44 Rieti Posted to Royal Armoured Corp Training Depot for re-training on tanks
(24) Transformation from Gunner to Trooper(A2601839).
(25) Collapsible Beds (A3326726)
The correct height of Tank Drivers and the use of KRRs (A5233727)

Mar’45 Posted to 4th Queen’s Own Hussars as Loader/Wireless Operator.
(26) Joining the 4th Queen's Own Hussars (A2310003)
Gubbio, Ravenna, Rocciano, Rimini.

Apr’45 Comacchio, Traversare, Ferrara, Lugo, Santerno, Reno.
(27) German Propaganda Leaflets (A2297333)
(77) More on German Propaganda (A7458636)
(69) The day my brother Mick nearly killed me (A2352647)
(28) Diary entries 11th April 1945 (A2017630)
(29) The day I should have died (A2513134)
(30) Charlie 4 is not answering my signals (A3142694)

May’45 Venice, Ferndorf,(Austria) (Set up a POW camp for SS Cavalry Division), Lienz, Spittal Paternion, Grafenstein, Trieben,Villach,
(31) The War ends in Italy, 2nd May 1945 (A2039113)
(32) VE Day, as seen from a field near Venice(A2324189)
(33) Keeping a Diary in Wartime (A2509021)
(34) Shows running in London during 1945 (A4904994)

Jun ’45
(35) Danke Herr Mix! (A2072350)

Jul’ 45 Velden, Klagenfurt,Salsburg,
(36) Life in wartime Austria (A2545517)
(37) Dale Carnegie's 'Pursuit of Happiness',courtesy of Stalag XVIII (A5894940)

Aug’45 Munich, Ulm ( Germany) (Running staging camp for troops going home on leave)
(38) Running a staging camp in Germany August 1945 (A2062513), San Giorgio, (Italy)
(75) (A8594210) The Beer Cellar in Munich

Oct ’45
(39) Trieste, October 1945 to January 1947 (A2166130)
(40) Riots in Trieste (A2843868).
(41) Trieste had its funny moments (A4578267)
(42) Sweating on being released (A4640285)
(43) Civil Police during the unrest (A6811931)

Nov’45 Udine, Milan, Brig, Calais, Folkestone,London, (First home leave since Apr’43)
(44) My Welcome Home (A2072477)
Folkestone, Calais, Milan, (Italy) Palmanova, Trieste,

Jun’46 Milan, Calais, Folkestone, London, (My second home leave)
Trieste, (Italy) Monfalcone.
(45) Victory Celebrations, 8th June 1946 (A4768040)

Oct’46 Milan, Dieppe, Dover London, Dover, Dieppe, Trieste (Regimental re-union with the Colonel , Winston Churchill in attendance)
(46) Churchill and Ron enjoy a meal together (A4644128)
(47) Keeping Pets in the Forces (A5062475)
(48) Ration Allowance (A5686419)

Dec'46
(49) Our first Post-War New Year's Eve (A2633500)

Jan’47 Milan, Calais, Dieppe, London, Barnard Castle, York and finally DEMOB!
Mid '47
(50) The Infamous Demob Suit (A5875095)
(51)
(52)

A few more bits and pieces that do not fit neatly into the chronological time scale above and just written whilst I can still remember them or at the request of others.

(53) Getting your Army Records (A2098000)
(54) Army Transport (A2611937)
(55) Stick it in your Army....Album! (A2612567)
(56) 1939-1947 An'interesting' experience and fifteen minutes of fame (A2808083)
(57) Getting the facts right (A3169307)
(59) Keeping clean on Active Service (A3365273)
(59) Ice cold...but NOT in Alex ! (A3740276)
(60) Return to Cassino (A4062386)
(61) The Cambridge and Bethnal Green Boy's Club, the club that produced heroes.
(A4234583)
(62) The St.Johns Ambulance Brigade in WW2
(A4530016)
(63) Commemoration Parade, July 10th 2005
(A4524563)
(64) Tribute to Eddie Patman (A4847655)
(65) The correct height of Tank Drivers (A5233727)
(66) Looking back to 1939 from the relative safety of 2005 (A5986335)
(67) What did you eat in the Great War Daddy ? (A2301634)
(68) An Army Convoy on the move in Italy
(A6811742)
(69) Ron Goldstein’s War — A month at a time (A4281248)
(70) Sgt.Major Mick Goldstein (A7114349)
(71) An unlikely Post War meeting (A7270148)
(72) Letter to a Researcher in 2056 (A7394592)
(73) The last page in my Album (A7895370)
(74) Sgt.Jack Goldstein (A8461190)
(78) The photo in a serviceman's wallet (A8889042)
(79) I'll never forget that day (A8892598)
(80) The night our house was sliced in half (A8959099)

In addition to the articles listed above, it has been an honour to have posted various stories on this site on behalf of Martin Sugarman, Archivist of AJEX (Association of Jewish Ex-Service Men and Women). These stories are listed below:

A2665271 Jack Nissenthall- The VC Hero Who Never Was Part 1b (May 25, 2004)
A2665244 Jack Nissenthall - The VC Hero who Never Was Part 1a (May 25, 2004)
A2662607 A Jewish Hero in the SOE Part 2
A2662599 A Jewish Hero in the SOE Part 1
A2659368 Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 4 (May 23, 2004)
A2659331 Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 3 (May 23, 2004)
A2659322 Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 2 (May 23, 2004)
A2659313 Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 1 (May 23, 2004)

Further to the above, I have occasionally been asked to submit articles for friends and aquaintances who do not own computers or are unsure as to how they can post a story.
These are now listed below:

A5911724 Evacuated to Stoke Hammond (Max Lea M.B.E)
A5855880 Bernard Jaffa's Record of Service
A5299428 Childhood (Sandra Eros)
A4604384 Field Marshal Keitel's Surrender
(Nathan Sterrie)
A4343726 Jack Goulden and the Prayer Book
A6095649 The Day a V2 Rocket hit Tottenham Grammar School (Dr.Harry Lamsden)
A7838599 Henry Kay, Flying Instructor
A8892598 I'll never forget that day (Gertie Denenberg)
A8959099 The night our house was sliced in half
(Nita Goldstein nee Schneiderman)

SECTION 5 Index of images

For those who's main interest is in the pictures themselves I give below an Index of Images.
Nearly all these images have been taken from my Army Album.

1.(A2156564) A Map of my travels, courtesy of Ron Tee of 56 Recce Rgt.
2. (A2025028) A montage of the five Goldstein boys in uniform.
3. (A2416268) Dad's factory in London, showing Dad,Jack,Lou and I.
4. (A2176616) A page from my AB64 Part 1 showing innoculations.
5. (A2065853) My first Army photo, taken at Whitby, aged 19.
6. (A1996860) Studio photo sent home from Egypt.
7. (A2077274) No.19 wireless set, used in the LAA and the 4th QOH.
8. (A2370674) Street photo taken in Bari, Sept'43.
9. (A2293616) My old friend Larry and program of Passover service.
10.(A3443113) Aero-gram sent home to Mick in England
11.(A2274761) My Army album, still around after 60 years.
12.(A2515475) The Pyramids, I'm on the 3rd Camel from the right.
13.(A1941383) Street photo in Rome, 21st June 1944.
14.(A2601839) Pete Burns, myself and Ken Atkinson at Rieti.
15.(A2310003) 'A' Sdrn. 4th QOH, Official Photo, Austria 1945.
16.(A2297333) One of seven German Propaganda leaflets in my Album.
17.(A2352647) Mick and I on AJEX parade, 1992.
18.(A2017630) Me and my Bren Gun Carrier at Trieste.
19.(A2513134) Four diary entries in April '45.
20.(A2039113) On guard at our POW camp at Ferndorf.
21.(A2324189) Myself and the Clock Tower in Venice.
22.(A2509021) 4 more Diary entries for August '44.
23.(A2072350) 1936 photos of my billets in Austria, plus German troops.
24.(A2545517) Me and captured German Army vehicle.
25.(A2062513) A page from my album showing Ulm Cathedral.
26.(A2166130) Myself on a mine-sweeper in Trieste Harbour.
27.(A2072477) Snapped on the train bringing me home from Austria.
28.(A2098000) Army records showing 'charge' detail.
29.(A2611937) Myself on a Norton Motor Bike
30.(A2612567) A montage, including currency and medals.
31.(A2633500) The shooting booth at Monfalcone.
32.(A2843868) Riots in Trieste.
33.(A2808083) Nita and I on AJEX parade
34.(A5875095) Ron in his Demob Suit
35.(A3169307) Day pass to Florence
36.(A3060677) Bob Dunne and Ron in Alexandria
37.(A3142694) Propaganda leaflet when Roosevelt died
38.(A3232621) Group photo showing Larry and others
39.(A3326726) Ron at Rieti wearing American style Denims
40.(A3365273) Ron at Heliopolis swimming pool
41.(A4268658) Ron in rather dishevelled KDs
42.(A4062386) Ron returns to Cassino, the Cemetery
43.(A4234583) Mick and Donnie Carlton MM
44. (A4524563) Nita and Ron at Horse Guards
45. (A4530016) Nat, Sylvia and Alf (St.Johns)
46. (A4644128) Churchill and Ron at Regimental Reunion
47. (A4640285) Sgt.Atkinson and wellwishers
48. (A4578267) Ron at Goldoni Tunnel, Trieste
49. (A4768040) Page from Army Album on Victory Celebrations
50. (A4281248) Ron on AJEX Parade Nov 2004
51. (A4565423) Sketch of Bedford Wireless Truck
52. (A4847655) Ron and Eddie Patman in Venice
53. (A4904994) Shows running in London 1945
54. (A5062475) Queenie and Curly on the Half-Track
55. (A5233727) Postcard of City Gates at Rieti
56 (A5370987) 78 Div Flash (Battleaxe Div)
57. (A5686419) Chitty for 2 Day's Ration Allowance
58. (A5894940) Postcard of Hoentauern
59. (A5986335) Cyril, Ron and Lew, AJEX 2004
60. (A3740276) Ron on early morning walk
61. (A6811742) Route Card
62. (A6811931) Policeman in Trieste
63. (A6924170) Postcard from Messina,Sicily
63. (A7050520) Postcard of Algiers
64. (A7114349) Mick as Sgt in the Royal Fusiliers
65. (A7270148) Ron and Tom Canning
66. (A7394592) Ron ready for a BBC interview
67. (A7458636) German Propaganda Leaflet (Po)
68. (A7895370) Last page in my Album)
69. (A8065893) Trooper Tom Canning(Tom's own)
70. (A2301634) Dining Hall at Opicina
71. (A8461190) Alf White,Ted Hull and Ron
72. (A8594210) The Burger Brau Keller in Munich
73. (A8594436) Street scene in Guelma
74. (A8461190) Alf White, Ted Hull and Ron
75. (A8889042) Joe and Fanny Goldstein
76. (A8892598) Gertie Denenberg
77. (A8959099) Nita Goldstein (nee Schneiderman)

My nephew Michael Goldstein C.B.E has posted various articles as a tribute to his father Jack Goldstein. These can be found here:

Personal page of mg1939 (A WW2 Child)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U2883517

The traumas of evacuation
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8256675

A wartime letter from my father
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8453784

My only memory of my father
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8250428

Our first trip to the war grave cemetery in Durnbach, Germany
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8407857

The telegram: “Missing…”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8406597

The night my father was killed in action
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8452190

Two fatherless children
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8858497

and I have posted another picture at:

Sgt.Jack Goldstein, RAF Bomber Command
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A8461190

SECTION 6 "PERMANENT" LINKS TO FRIENDS
Adembo http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U1739765
Colin Hotham http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U539818
DerekElwell http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U1260105
driverharrymath http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U803367
footslogger http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U1378311
Frank Mee http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U241911
GerryChester http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U527490
Gordon Macmillan http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U1075159
Harold Pollins http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U522628
Harry Hargreaves http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U231528
James_Harvey http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U525047
Jim http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U529535
Larry (Lew) Fox http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U557316
Len(Snowie)Baynes http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U240737
Marksfoundation http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U1711179
martinsugarman http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U735138
Paul http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U529728
paul gill http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U238532
Peter http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U521078
quickroughrider http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U1004341
Simon B http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U198227
southernchap http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U692437
stemor http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U1685584
Steve Wright http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U230412
Trasksdad http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U515835
troopergeoff http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U671544
Tom Canning http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U519668
MG1939 http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U2883517
Peter Green http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/U2957299
Ritson http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/A4418732

SECTION 7 CONTACT DETAILS

I will always be delighted to hear from any ex-comrades or relatives of those who served in the 49th L.A.A or the 4th Queen's Own Hussars. I would also be grateful for any new information concerning my late brother Jack Goldstein who served in 166 Sqdrn of Bomber Command and who was killed in action over Nuremburg on the 15th March 1945.

Finally, when this site becomes a 'sealed' archive I can be contacted at
ron_goldsteinATbtopenworld.com (replace AT with the 'at' sign).

It would be appreciated if correspondence was limited to matters relevant to WW2 research.

Stories contributed by Ron Goldstein

Day Leave in Romeicon for Recommended story
No Subject
Not My Worst Night, By Any Means: A Young Soldier in North Africaicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Diary Entries 11th April 1945icon for Story with photo
One family, Five Sons, All Serving in H.M.Forcesicon for Story with photo
The War Ends in Italy, 2nd May 1945icon for Story with photo
Running a Staging Camp in Germany, August 1945icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Training To Be A Driver/Wireless Operatoricon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Danke Herr Mix!icon for Story with photo
My Welcome Homeicon for Story with photo
A Driver/Op in Light Ack Ackicon for Story with photo
Getting your Army Recordsicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Ron's Grand Touricon for Story with photo
Trieste, October 1945 to January 1947icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Early Army Days, October 1942icon for Story with photo
Two Weeks in Dock in Naples and Not a Wound to Show for it!icon for Story with photo
Monte Cassino, March to May 1944icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
German Propaganda Leafletsicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
What did you eat in the War, Daddy?icon for Story with photo
Joining the 4th Queen's Own Hussarsicon for Story with photo
VE Day, As Seen from a Field near Veniceicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
The Day My Brother Mick Nearly Killed Meicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Sicily, Then On To Italyicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Not My Worst Night, by Any Means - a Young Soldier in North Africa
Waiting to be called upicon for Story with photo
Keeping a Diary in Wartime: 4th Queen's Own Hussars in Italy and the 49th LAA in Egypticon for Story with photo
The Day I Should Have Died: 4th Queen's Own Hussars in Italyicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
The 78th Div Goes to Egypt to Re-Train and Re-Formicon for Story with photo
Life in Wartime Austria: 4th Queen's Own Hussars July to August 1945icon for Story with photo
Day Leave in Rome
Transformation from Gunner to Troopericon for Story with photo
Army Transporticon for Story with photo
Stick it in your Army.....Album!icon for Story with photo
The First Post-War New Years Eve, December 31, 1946icon for Story with photo
Jack Nissenthall- The VC Hero Who Never Was: Part 2
No.3 (Jewish) Troop, No.10 Commando
Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 1
Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 2
Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 3
Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 4
A Jewish Hero in the SOE Part 1
A Jewish Hero in the SOE Part 2
Jack Nissenthall - The VC Hero Who Never Was (Part 1a)icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Jack Nissenthall - The VC Hero Who Never Was (Part 1b)icon for Recommended story
1939-1947, an ‘interesting’ experience and my 15 minutes of fame.icon for Story with photo
Riots in Trieste, circa October 1945icon for Story with photo
Day Leave in Alexandriaicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Charlie 4 Is Not Answering My Signalsicon for Story with photo
Getting the facts righticon for Story with photo
Dive Bombing in Italy - A Memory Confirmedicon for Story with photo
Collapsible bedsicon for Story with photo
Keeping Clean on Active Serviceicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
New Years Day 1944, Snowed in at Carovilliicon for Story with photo
Images of Wartime, 1939-1946, Ron Goldstein's personal collection
Ice cold…. But NOT in Alex !icon for Story with photo
Gunner Burnard and the Brigadiericon for Story with photo
Return to Cassinoicon for Story with photo
German ‘Tip and Run Raiders’ over Hove in 1943icon for Story with photo
Cambridge and Bethnal Green Boy's Club, The club that produced heroesicon for Story with photo
Lt.Whitfield's directing debuticon for Story with photo
Ron Goldstein’s War — A month at a timeicon for Story with photo
Jack Goulden and the prayer book that saved his backicon for Story with photo
Commemoration Parade July 10th 2005icon for Story with photo
The St.John's Ambulance Brigade in WW2icon for Story with photo
Lt.Whitfield and the butterfly springicon for Story with photo
Trieste had its funny momentsicon for Story with photo
Field Marshal Keitel's surrendericon for Story with photo
Sweating on being releasedicon for Story with photo
Churchill and Ron enjoy a meal togethericon for Story with photo
Victory Celebrations, 8th June 1946icon for Story with photo
A tribute to Edward Arthur Patman, known as ‘Pat’icon for Story with photo
Shows running in London during 1945icon for Story with photo
Keeping Pets in the Forcesicon for Story with photo
The correct height of Tank Drivers and the use of KRRSicon for Story with photo
Childhoodicon for Story with photo
Commandeering billets in Italyicon for Story with photo
Army Ration Allowanceicon for Story with photo
Bernard Jaffa's Record of Serviceicon for Story with photo
The infamous Demob Suiticon for Story with photo
Dale Carnegie’s “Pursuit of Happiness”, courtesy of Stalag XVIIIicon for Story with photo
Evacuated to Stoke Hammondicon for Story with photo
Looking back to 1939 from the relative safety of 2005icon for Story with photo
The day a V2 Rocket hit Tottenham Grammar School
An Army Convoy On The Move in Italyicon for Story with photo
Civil Police in Trieste during the unresticon for Story with photo
A postcard from Sicily, 3rd September 1943icon for Story with photo
Algiers, April 1943, Our first sight of Africaicon for Story with photo
Sgt.Major Mick Goldstein, Royal Fusiliers and Jewish Brigadeicon for Story with photo
An unlikely Post War meetingicon for Story with photo
A letter to an unknown researcher of the year 2056icon for Story with photo
More on German Propaganda leafletsicon for Story with photo
Henry Kaye, Flying Instructoricon for Story with photo
The last page in my Army Albumicon for Story with photo
Trooper Tom Canning, a photo at last!icon for Story with photo
Sgt.Jack Goldstein, RAF Bomber Commandicon for Story with photo
The infamous Burger Brau Keller in Munichicon for Story with photo
Dining out in Guelma, North Africa, 1943icon for Story with photo
WW2 RESEARCH AND FORUMS AFTER THIS SITE CLOSES
The photo in a serviceman's walleticon for Story with photo
I'll never forget that dayicon for Story with photo
The night our house was sliced in halficon for Story with photo

Ron Goldstein added messages to the following stories

Fantail Tanks in Italy
Using a document written using 'WORD'
Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders
Patriotic immigrant families
49th LAA Regiment
49th LAA Regiment
Army records
Only FIVE ?
Lake Worthersee
Lake Worthersee
Ron's Grand Tour
Lake Worthersee
Lake Worthersee
A2182943 - Come Back to Sorrento
Telling it as it was
Adrano
Kings Rules and Regulations
Kings Rules and Regulations
Kings Rules and Regulations
First sight of Algiers
First sight of Algiers
The Front Line
Monte Cassino March/
Monte Cassino March/
Early Army days Oct '42
Churchill in North Africa
Joining 4Hussars
A child escaped at Dunkirk
A2182943 - Come Back to Sorrento
Sicily
Training to be a Driver/OP
German Aerial Propaganda leaflets
Welcome aboard !
ww2 service
The long journey home.
So many memories
78 Division in Egypt
The day I should have died
KRRs or Kings Rules and Regulations
KRRs or Kings Rules and Regulations
The Reluctant Conscript
Life in Wartime Austria
My years in internment camps
Conversation with a soldier
WW2 Personalities
Italy 1945
Oh I wish.
D-Day Message
Mentioned in Dispatches
Army Transport.
Army Transport.
Army Transport.
Worst night of life
Monfalcone New Years eve
Monfalcone New Years eve
About b....y time!
Duration
Army Beds
A POW in Japanese hands
The case of the Biter being Bit !
The 19 set
The case of the Biter being Bit !
Life as a Japanese POW
Was there a form of transport that saved your life?
Life as a Japanese POW
German Propaganda Leaflets
Life as a Japanese POW
Postscript to 'Day Leave in Rome'
The day I should have died
A Jew in Germany and a German in England
Cassino Cemetery
Boring? perhaps sometimes!
Salerno 9th Sept. 1943
Famous trumpet player
Famous trumpet player
Story edited on 8 July 04
Thankyou Len
D Day Dodgers
D Day Dodgers
The will to live - and then some!
D Day Dodgers
Story edited on 8 July 04
Awaiting call-up
talking to the Germans
Never trust your memory !
From rags to riches
Red Rose insignia
Lilian's bombing experiences
The Spitfire
Thought provoking
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Concert parties
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
What's in a name
What's in a name
Getting out of the Army
Conditions at Cassino
The 'Terriers'
Pure Heroism
Slight alteration ?
Banana sandwiches
The barracks in Bury St.Edmunds
World War Two
Childhood memories
Interning the Innocents
Welcome Home Charlie
please remove my previous story
The German Luger dropped off the ferry
CSDIC Interrogation Centre
Degauzing in wartime
Never trust your memory !
Never trust your memory !
Memoirs of a Trooper
Dive bombing in Italy
Kalavryta Massacre
Never trust your memory !
Victory Parade
Your Dad was dead right !
Collapsing beds
Internment
Collapsing beds
Internment
Put that light out !
Canadians in Italy
The 'Puff' range
The 'Puff' range
The 'Puff' range
Internment
Internment
Collapsing beds
Resistance in the Netherlands
Intelligence Corps at Arezzo
Intelligence Corps at Arezzo
Return to civilisation
Vesuvius errupting
Jack's Story
New Years Day 1944, Snowed in at Carovilli
DIRECT LINKS to Ron's collection
Prisoner of War in Italy
Searching for the truth
Wartime in Luton
The camp at Breendonck
alexandria harbour
10th Batallion Tower Hamlets
No.8 Batteries
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Houghton Regis
Jack Mereford
Jack Merewood
Station XIV at Briggens
92nd Light Ack Ack
Wartime Dunstable
Jock Watt and the 3rd RTR
Sid Witham and 166 Sdrn RAF
PETER'S STORY
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Edward Charlton VC
Theday I should have died
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Re: Gunner Burnard and the Brigadier
Sydney Arthur Wright
New Years Day 1944, Snowed in at Carovilli
Sydney Arthur Wright
Re: RAF Bombing in Dresden
Unchanged wound dressings
The Sappers in Italy
Italy
Re: RAF Bombing in Dresden
Jack Tear and D-Day
The RAF's loss was the Army's Gain !
Trieste 1947
Sea Sickness
Sea Sickness
Content
DIRECT LINKS to Ron's collection
Happy Birthday at Cassino
More food for thought !
H.M.S Speaker
More food for thought !
Wartime Brighton
March in April
Your Dad's story
Well done Joan Styan !
Liberation of Copenhagen
Battle of Cassino
Postscript to 'Day Leave in Rome'
VE Day
Cassino Visit
A last appeal to reason
Encounter in Rome 1944
Never sleep under a tank
kEEPING CLEAN
Victory Parade Trieste
Loughton at war
Japanese Prisoner of War
Arnold's Tattoo
Recollections
At Rest
Still at Rest in Cairo "The Pyramids"
Still at Rest in Cairo "The Pyramids"
Too young for the Job.
Whitby in wartime
Amy Johnson
Italy 1945
The Jewish Brigade
If you can't stand the heat
Bexhill bombs September 1940
Mailly le Camp, "Like falling off a log".
Life in Wartime Hove
No Hiding Place
Victory Parade Trieste
DUNKIRK, NORTH AFRICA, ITALY, MARRIAGE!
Joan Windors WW2 Experiences in Cannonbury Road, London
The Lancaster Crash at Rebréchien - Chapter 5
Wartime Reminiscences
Return to Italy September 1944
The Italians and the BBC
Victory in Europe Day
Wounded
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
Experiences during WW2 of Corporal Samuel Marks
The Feast
Snakes Alive !
VE Day
Leslie and Maurice.
An “extra-ordinary” soldier - WWII Memoirs from Dunkirk to Stalag XVIII C — Part 8
Colourblind and in bomb disposal!
Killed in action at Arnhem
Killed in action at Arnhem
Robert Cocking's War
Re: Never Mention Winston Churchill!
Ron Wilson's Story
An encounter with a boxing champion
Re: Field Marshal Keitel's surrender
No subject
My VE Day, 1st May 1945, by Fred Hirst
The Queen of Tonga
Out of action
A Solitary Walk
A Solitary Walk
That Bloody Mr.Hitler
The Story Of a Jewish German Refugee
A broken reed
St.Johns
Parrot
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
Barnard Castle
Barnard Castle
The Lancaster Crash at Rebréchien - Chapter 5
Hesters Way Memories
Flail tanks
Killed in action, 13th October, 1943
An artist in prison camp
AWOL in Norwich
Grandma and Hitler
Bad Nenndorf - Torture??
Smokey Joes in Luton
Grandma and Hitler
Experiences of a medical officer at Arnhem
War service of Sidney Conn (formerly known as Aaron Cohen)
Women On The Guns
Some Reflections of Army Life
No Subject
Worst night of life
Life in London in the 1930s
Worst night of life
Excerpts from Victory Diary 1943
A Tank Mans Day
Excerpts from Victory Diary 1943
My War by James Murray
The Jewish situation in Guernsey as I saw it, 1940-1945
D company 5th Btn Royal west kent
VE Day
Victory Celebrations but NO Queen of Tonga
Victory Celebrations but NO Queen of Tonga
The Queen of Tonga
CSDIC Interrogation Centre
Saving A Life Twice
Stalag XVIII
Reflections of an RAF Gunner
Gerard Crosby - His time in the Army
A Close Shave
A Close Shave
A Close Shave
Good gen into bad gin
People's War Contributions
One of Many
Walking in the footsteps of Churchill
An Experience in 1941
Sinking of the Benalbanacy January 1943
No Subject
Peace in our time
War with Tito?
War with Tito?
War with Tito?
CSV Kent
Now will you believe me?
Seconded to Belsen
Stick in Front of the Gustav Line
Seven Brothers
A Telegram Boy. 1942 - 1945
Seconded to Belsen
Holocaust Survivor
My Moment of Truth
My Moment of Truth
My Moment of Truth
Robert Odell's WWII Saga - Part 1
R C S Levy
Harry's Nine Lives
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
ENSA girl
Searching For Identities of War Casualties
The Richardson Saga
information on fred peachey acting section seargent
Mick Goldstein
A Squadron Photo; The definitive list
A 'Stay of execution'
Liberation of venice
My Grandad
First over the PO River
Your Dad's story
Indexing of photos
Your Dad's story
Your Dad's story
112th L.A.A
The Three French Soldiers
The Three French Soldiers
Do you have a glass
Last page of Diary
Verey Light Pistols in lieu of fireworks
WINDMILL THEATRE
Destined to survive
Ambush at San Felice
Dance
Bob Beesley
My only memory of my father
Christmas Leave
Dining with the enemy!
Sicily campaign, July August 1943
Monte Cassino - "Smoke Trains".
Vehicle Ferrying with 38 Vehicle Company RAOC, CMF.
Two Fatherless Children
Anti-Tanks to London Irish
Nita's story
Harry's Nine Lives
Well done all Site Helpers
army service in England and Italy Part 1
Never too late
Monte Cassino

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