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Peter - WW2 Site Helper
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Here are some brief facts about me, mainly before and after the war, and my enduring interest in the Second World War.

I was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, on 9 June 1930.

Health issues and then the war disrupted my schooling. In 1936 or 1937 I contracted scarlet fever then, in Seacroft Isolation Hospital in Leeds, I was given a wrong injection which left me paralysed down my left side for several months. I had just got back to school when the war broke out.

From June 1940 to 1946 I was in Italy (I give a full account of that here: A1993403), I started Italian primary school, but that too was disrupted. I left school at 13 ('quinta elementare', a grade reached by 11 year olds) and started working. Fortunately I could read from the age of 4 or 5, and have been an avid reader all my life, that compensated somewhat for my very limited formal education. I returned to Leeds in 1946. Almost at once I began work in a small printing shop, sparking a lifelong interest in printing. But I couldn't settle down and in August 1948 I joined the regular army as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery. I did my basic training at Oswestry and Rhyll, as a signaller. I was posted to BAOR (Germany) in December 1948.

Following a Junior NCOs training course with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, I joined M Battery, 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Armoured Division (the Desert Rats), at Verden Aller. All the senior NCOs and most of the officers in the III RHA, including the battery commander, were veterans of WW II, having fought from El Alamein to Germany.

In late 1949, as Mao Tsetung's communist forces were about to reach the Hong Kong border following the defeat of Chiang Kai-Shek and the collapse of the Chinese Republic at the end of the civil war, volunteers were sought for Hong Kong throughout BAOR. It seemed an excellent chance to see the world, so I volunteered. We sailed from Liverpool in January 1950 on SS. Devonshire, one of the last troopships to have old style mess decks and hammocks, a sea journey of five weeks.

In Hong Kong a few of us joined 173 Location Battery, Royal Artillery, the unit having arrived a few weeks before us from the Middle East. For several months we were under canvas at Lowu, in the New Territories, on the Chinese border. Apart from communist planes making a brief incursion (either accidental or probing, which were seen off by RAF Meteors) nothing happened. Later we were moved to Fort William on Hong Kong Island. In 1952 I returned to BAOR where I remained until my demob in 1953.

After several jobs, in 1956 I joined the GPO Telecommunications branch (eventually to be privatised as British Telecoms) as a Grade II Technician, having been trained as a regimental signals instructor in the army.

I had the good luck to join with an ex-World War II RAF signals NCO. He got me interested in mathematics and we both attended evening classes in Leeds for 3 nights a week for 3 years, both qualifying as Technical Officers. In 1959 I became a Telecomm Engineering Draughtsman.

The GPO was then part of the Civil Service, and in 1956, having a good knowledge of Italian and Italian dialects, I joined the Immigration Service at Folkestone (in those days Immigration Officers had to be good linguists and were expected to qualify in more than one language. Full-time interpreters were not then used).

Most of my older and senior colleagues had served officers during WW II; even our office clerk was an ex-brigadier from WW1. In tune with the prejudices of the time, the Immigration Service was then barred to women. This was at the height of the cold war and there was a great emphasis on security issues within the service. Having qualified in French, Italian and Spanish, I later attended a 6 months Home Office Portuguese course. But this was nothing, compared with the number of languages mastered by some of my colleagues.

In 1970 I was seconded to the Foreign Office and did a short spell as an Entry Certificate Officer in Rawalpindi, in Pakistan. I went to the Khyber Pass several times, to Peshawar and Afghanistan, and the tiny semi-autonomous state of Swat, bordering on China and the then USSR.

In 1973 I was promoted to Chief Immigration Officer and later to H.M. Inspector, respectively at Terminals 2 and 3, Heathrow Airport. I retired in 1987.

In 1988 I graduated with a B.A. honours degree with the Open University and in 1993, following two years post-graduate studies, an M.A. at the University of Bradford in European studies, with a Master's dissertation on "The Rise of Fascism in Italy"

My current interests include computing and I occasionally contribute to a site dealing with Windows XP problems.

I am still an avid reader and I have good collection of books on all major campaigns of WW II, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy, and I would be glad to help others in their researches of the Second World War.

Despite the impression some may have gained, judging from your emails and comments on this site, my primary interest is in books, not in WW2, and I have read and continue to read fairly widely in English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. I have collected books all my life and I now have over 3,000 (now constantly weeded due to space problems), my earliest three books dating back to 1570, 1572, and 1574. Fine bindings also interest me as do printing types and early printing presses.

My interest is in history in general, primarily European (Western and Eastern), American, and Chinese. Prehistory fascinates me and as you may see from photos on my website (http://www.petergh.f2s.com/) I have several Neolithic and Bronze age tools and weapons. Art in general and philosophy are also of great interest to me, both Spinoza and David Hume have had a deep influence on me, particularly Hume.

I have a love of ancient history stemming, I suppose, from reading Gibbon. He aroused my interest in the ancient world and in early civilisations. Military matters are secondary, but I have read fairly widely on some: primarily the Peloponnesian War, the Punic Wars, Caesar's campaigns, the Barbarian Invasions, the Hundred Years War, the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Great War 1914-1918. My knowledge of WW2 is simply a spin-off from WW1 and from my deep interest in the rise and spread of Fascism, Nazism, and Communism.

I am also interested in physics and biology, particularly in evolution, and in computing, its history and development.

Peter - WW2 Site Helper added messages to the following stories

Re: Italy 1943-45
Re the Merry Makers Club
Re: EXPERIENCES - as a German and Japanese Civilian prisoner of war, from 10th May, 1942, to 14th Sept., 1945
Re: General for a day
Your posts
The Norwegian Campaign
Re: The sinking of the first U-boat of WW2
Re: Growing up in London 1939-45
Your Contribution
Re: Memories of Plymouth Blitz
Re: The Long Trek
Re: Salehurst Road SE4 to Brunswick Road IP
Your Aunt Mary
HMS Courageous
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2079218
2079218
Re: Douglas Bader
No Subject
Re: Deceiving Rommel
Your Aunt Mary
Re: Deceiving Rommel
No Subject
Divisional Signals at Alamein
Divisional Signals at Alamein
Survivor Rescue
Re: Douglas Bader
My experience as nine year old from 1939 to 1945
War Memories
My most memorable day in the WAAFs
MY WAR
My experience as nine year old from 1939 to 1945
My most memorable day in the WAAFs
My experience as nine year old from 1939 to 1945
Christmas worlds apart.
Peter WWII researcher
George's Enigmatic tale
BARBED WIRE MEMORIES OF STALAG 383
Christmas 1944
Christmas worlds apart.
Christmas 1944
Christmas 1944
BARBED WIRE MEMORIES OF STALAG 383
Christmas 1944
George's Enigmatic tale
Christmas worlds apart.
WW2 Remembered
WW2 Remembered
Christmas 1944
THE AMAGI MARU
A Winters Tale
The Yalta Aftermath
Mercy mission to Holland 5th May 1945
Wampo Camp
The Yalta Aftermath
The Yalta Aftermath
London Blitz 1940
Doodlebug on my doorstep
Army records
The Yalta Aftermath
The Yalta Aftermath
Peter WWII researcher
The Road to Rome
The Road to Rome
Near the end of the war.
The Road to Rome
The Road to Rome
The Road to Rome
Peter WWII researcher
Peter WWII researcher
The Last Soldier and His Son
The Athenia
Volunteer Ambulance Drivers
Peter Pearson's War Story
Childhood Reflections
Medenine
Medenine
Fascism in Great Britain: A Clarification of my story, hopefully
Medenine
Fascism in Great Britain: A Clarification of my story, hopefully
A Final Try
A Final Try
Taxi
A Successful Tattoo
The day war broke out.
Too late for Alamein, life as a gunner pt. 3
"Courage an Example to All"
HMS Nigeria
HMS Barham - Use of Plasma
Telling it as it was
Evacuation to Wales
Penicillin Saved My Life
My ATS Service: Guildford and Italy
Duration
My Teenage War Years
Banking on the Front Line - 1941
No Subject
Heinz the Prisoner of War
Our first Doodlebug.
Snapshot
Village Life
Radar ww2
Radar ww2
First sight of Algiers
My War
One never knows....
Your father's war story
HMS Barham - Scapa Flow: August 4th-6th, 1940
Radar ww2
My Teenage War Years
A Child's Wartime Memories
Nursing memoirs
The Epicasco Saga
The Athenia
HMS Godwit recalled
Language usage
Characters at War
HMS Barham - With Force "H"
HMS Nigeria
Teenage Memories of World War Two
Snowberry
Snowberry
Teenage Memories of World War Two
Growing Up in WW2
Return from Dunkirk...?
Wartime nursing and penicillin
7 trips to Dunkirk on HMS Vanquisher
Growing Up in WW2
Private Frank Towle- 1944
Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus
Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus
A girl in Falconwood
Sinking of the Lancastria, 17th June 1940
HMS Barham - Scapa Flow: August 4th-6th, 1940
Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus 5
My War
Berlin
Sheltering down the tube
Snowberry
My Teenage War Years
The march to freedom
Chapter one- the phony war
My War Years
Chapter one- the phony war
No Subject
ENLISTED
The Search for Cedric
Re: A fighter Pilot in Burma 1941-1945
Chapter one- the phony war
Unknown Soldier
Memories of 1944
J Armitage-Landing Craft Tank Experiences
Discipline for ther young soldier
Late Arrival At Dunkirk
ENLISTED
Dad's Army - the Real Thing
My first contribution from sgtbeal.Discipline for ther young soldier
Derby' war effort
Young brother lost
Message Home
War Years 1939/1945
Return from Dunkirk...?
War time examinations
Round the world at government expense Chapter1
My years at Bletchley Park — Station X
Dunkirk, he filmed it!
Dunkirk, he filmed it!
Where are they now
DUNKIRK - HMS GRAFTON
Round the world at government expense
Red Beads for Remembrance
Dunkirk Diary
Serving with the A.E.A.F. in France 1944 by Edna Stafford
The German surrender and end of the War in Europe by Edna Stafford
Red Beads for Remembrance
Anti aircraft radar
HMS Nigeria
Where are they now
Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus 5
A child escaped at Dunkirk
Snowberry
Ronald 1940
prisoner of war
The Anderson Shelter
Dunkirk
Jack is wounded in Tilly sur Seulles
Extract from "One Man's War"
my father desert rat
No Subject
Dunkirk
My Dad and "Friendly Fire"
Womens Auxilliary Airforce
Your Grandad
Roy Beautement - How did he die?
Mending Aeroplanes in the Sudan.
After Dunkirk
*My Nan in the blitz & a german pilot*
Life On The Farm At Ten
RUSSIA The great losses!
Dunkirk
Surviving Dunkirk
Dunkirk Memoirs of Sgt 7346129 Norman Smith RAMC
Driving through a West Bromwich air raid.
Rearguard at Dunkirk
AT WAR IN BOURNEMOUTH
Snowberry
Radar ww2
Dunkirk
War for a Junior, 1939 - 1941
Workers Playtime and Works Wonders
calvados
D-Day was a short day for some
The Mythical Second B.E.F. 1940
Escape From Denmark
War for a Junior, 1939 - 1941
calvados
calvados
God's providence
The Forgotten Evacuation
LANCASTRIA
Defence Medal
liverpool evacuee
An Evacuee's Storey
After Dunkirk - HMT Lancastria
Doodlebug
Dunkirk / St Nazaire
back from Dunkirk
Partigiani
First Air Attack on Forth Bridge.
Police Service
back from Dunkirk
The Mythical Second B.E.F. 1940
Dunkirk
chronicles of a charmed life
Dunkirk comes to Rochdale
Spandau Prison
Rearguard at Dunkirk
My War
Dunkirk, 1940
Experiences visiting USA in 1940
Re: The day my brother Mick nearly killed me
A Conscientious Objector
The Wash in Wartime
Memoirs of an Exinfantry Man, chapters 1 to 7
A dispatch rider with the London Fire Brigade
D-Day Memories
My Uncle was a PoW
A Schoolboy's War
HMS Achates
Memories of Wartime
Second World War Memories
A wireless operator/signaller at the Normandy Landings
War work at Metro Vicks, Trafford Park
HMS BELLONA D DAY
Re: My grandad
Things that get bombed in the night
Thankyou
Teenage Memories of WW2 - part2
Teenage Memories of World War Two
My years at Bletchley Park — Station X
Your story edited
The U-boat menace
Goodbye “Pinna” (an account of her final days and our escape)
Language usage
chronicles of a charmed life
Blenheim action in 1940 battle of france
Only FIVE ?
MY STORY…MY WAR
Block Mills Disaster
Breaking the Code
Wartime
The V1
The V1
Fall of Le Havre 1944
Great Story
Winding down the RAF War
Evacuation
PETER'S STORY
Scapa Flow
Middlesbrough
LIVING AND WORKING IN LONDON DURING WW2
WAR-TIME MEMORIES OF A GIRL IN YORK
My years in internment camps
My years in internment camps
My years in internment camps
The Day I was Called Up
My Time in the War
Re: Great Grandad Speck
SNAPSHOTS OF MY PAST - R D Stubbs
Captured at Dunkirk
Initial Training or Endurance Test
From Hanky Park to the Sea.
THE ARDENNES AND THE CROSSING OF THE RHINE
One Of The Many
Joining Up
"Intelligence" WAAF's in 'Y' Service.
How we found ourselves members of the elite Path Finder Force of Bomber Command
Sid Hayden, France, Belgium
Beating Lord Haw Haw- A Lancaster homeward bound
WW2 - My Personaal Story...A teenager and the War
Southwark Family Memories of WWII
Evacuation of the Gibraltarian population
Long Stories
Ambulance Driver
Dost Going On Leave
LEICESTER UNDER ATTACK
THE HOME FRONT IN NOTTINGHAM, MANCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH
keeping a diary in war time
78 Division in Egypt
The long journey home.
On the home front
Blinded in Action
POW diary
A Glass of Beer
Police Service in Wartime
A WREN’S EXPERIENCE
Memories of air crashes in Lincolnshire
WORLD WAR II MEMORIES
A Citizens War
A Lesson in Opportunism
Re: Uncle Jim
My First Three Months as a Fever Nurse
Re: Your Father's Story
A Tale of Six Scaffolding Poles
Life in Wartime Austria
The Reluctant Conscript
The ex WAAF and Hitlers Chef
Spies (extract from "Hard Times and Humour: Tasburgh 1939-1970)
Exiled from Poland by Helena Zylko
Sonia Bech, aged 11 - survivor of the "City of Benares"
SNAPSHOTS OF MY PAST
An unforgettable night in Devonport
Lifetime Experiences
Transformation from Gunner to Trooper
Memories of the Second World War 1939-1945
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Italy 1945
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
POW diary
sinking of the arandora star/ Donegal perspective
Hitlers photos
Hitlers photos
Re: ME AS BACKROOM BOFFIN
My service life, by a WAFF
Uxbridge SHAEF and London Bushey
A Citizens War
Monfalcone New Years eve
A Merry (Murderous) Christmas in Algiers
Monfalcone New Years eve
Monfalcone New Years eve
MY FRIEND THE MOON
Wakefield and WWII
Acts of Wartime Kindness
Monfalcone New Years eve
A Merry (Murderous) Christmas in Algiers
Army Beds
No.3 (Jewish) Troop, No.10 Commando
Dunkirk - first hand account of one of the small boats
A Citizens War
Joan Christopher's Story
A Citizens War
Army Beds
Army Beds
Army Beds
Last Raid
Siege at Cassino
The 19 set
keeping a diary in war time
Ted Pateman
My first cup of tea
Belgium 1939
German Spies in Bedford
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
Re: NEVER WAS SO MUCH OWED TO SO MANY WHO RECEIVED SO LITTLE
Uxbridge SHAEF and London Bushey
Re: A NIGHT BEFORE A BOMBING RAID
Re: NEVER WAS SO MUCH OWED TO SO MANY WHO RECEIVED SO LITTLE
Bicycles and Bandages: One Man's D-Day
A Spitfire pilot and a brave soldier "A story of a quest"
The day I should have died
Brian Teather
A Spitfire pilot and a brave soldier "A story of a quest"
A Spitfire pilot and a brave soldier "A story of a quest"
Re: NEVER WAS SO MUCH OWED TO SO MANY WHO RECEIVED SO LITTLE
Indian memories of World War 2
million to one against chance
Re: "Dieppe Day" by Jean Siney (nee Rigden)
High prices in India
Re: My memories of the War in India and my Uncle’s Fortune in Scotland by Mr S E Ali
Verrieries Ridge
Prisoner Of War Story/ Gordon Highlanders
Lieutenant Colonel McCracken
ABCA
64th (7th London) Field Regiment Royal Artillery
Re: NEVER WAS SO MUCH OWED TO SO MANY WHO RECEIVED SO LITTLE
Story edited on 8 July 04
re: World War 2 Survivor's interview
The Doodle bugs
When Bugles Call - Training at Chelsea Barracks
Re: BBC FAMILY HISTORY
Re: Beryl's Story
A Lady Driver's War
Thankyou Len
Thankyou Len
D Day Dodgers
Thankyou Len
Re: Scapa Flow to Sicily
Re: Scapa Flow to Sicily
Bomber Command casualties
War Brides
Doodlebugs over London
The will to live - and then some!
D Day Dodgers
D Day Dodgers
The will to live - and then some!
Story edited on 8 July 04
The will to live - and then some!
The will to live - and then some!
The will to live - and then some!
From rags to riches
BUMS IN WASHBOWLS!
From rags to riches
Re: Early sigs of VE Day
War time in India with ENSA
Bill Williams's War
A Quiet War
Halifax downed in channel
Red Rose insignia
My Flying Boots - Channel Dash
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Thought provoking
Thought provoking
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Thought provoking
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Thought provoking
Thought provoking
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
Thought provoking
Thought provoking
Thought provoking
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
War seen from the other side
Thought provoking
The First Battle of Monte Cassino - January 1944
A Typhoon Awaits Take-off
A Trio of Pilots
Reminiscences
A Typhoon Awaits Take-off
A crashed plane
A crashed plane
A Typhoon Awaits Take-off
Getting out of the Army
My Dads Reluctant Story
Father's Diary.
Childhood hero.
Re: My War Memories
Re: Rudolph, Prisoner of War
Berchtesgarden
Headcorn Airfield
My wartime memories
The story of a reluctant conscript
Charlie 4 is not answering my signals
The Coventry Raid.
Interning the Innocents
Collecting Brussel Sprout Stalks
Re: Wartime Romance
Pte Goodwin DLI
TEENAGE MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR 2
Joining the colours
Winnie's Story
How did ww2 Affect Women's Fashion?
TEENAGE MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR 2
My Flying Boots - Channel Dash
The Story of the Italians in Britain WW2
The Story of the Italians in Britain WW2
The Story of the Italians in Britain WW2
The Story of the Italians in Britain WW2
Just a Piece of Rope
The Exploding Headmaster
Canadians in Italy
Re: HMS KING GEORGE V - My Experiences
The Story of the Italians in Britain WW2
The Story of the Italians in Britain WW2
The Hell of Monte Cassino
The Hell of Monte Cassino
Albert Edward Gregory DFC
Kenneth A. Wilkinson
PETER'S STORY
Never trust your memory !
Jo Pack, Bomber Pilot: My Escape through Belgium and France
Memories of a Squadron Leader in the Battle Of Britain.
Landing a Lancaster at Sea
War-time Intelligence
Italy 1944
Re: BBC FAMILY HISTORY
Re: BBC FAMILY HISTORY
Never trust your memory !
PETER'S STORY
Irish - Italian romance
Two Great Men
Re: The V1 that turned round
Re: my great grandad
A Special Job
Gloria's Story
Re: Captured in the desert of North Africa
Re: Memories of a little Jewish girl
Thought provoking
Attack at Salerno Pt 1
No Subject
Italy 1944
Internment
Christmasses past.
The V-2 Long range Rocket
The Cyclamen Incident
Christmasses past.
Internment
Christmasses past.
Internment
John Clarkson
Rationing
Christmasses past.
Canadians in Italy
Collapsing beds
Re: EXPERIENCES - as a German and Japanese Civilian prisoner of war, from 10th May, 1942, to 14th Sept., 1945
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
Italy 1944
Re: My War Memories
Re: Driving in Germany, Italy and the Desert
Friendly Fire
The last to know
From Mold to St Valery, Egypt and Italy
V2s on Norwich
The Class of Marmalade
Re: EXPERIENCES - as a German and Japanese Civilian prisoner of war, from 10th May, 1942, to 14th Sept., 1945
Memories of my life born in 1918 to being a soldier in the Second world war
Memories of my life born in 1918 to being a soldier in the Second World War PART 2
Its a long way from Hodnet to Italy
Shell shocked in Italy
New Years Day 1944, Snowed in at Carovilli
Memories of my life born in 1918 to being a soldier in the Second World war PART 4
Norman Pennington, Northumberland Fusiliers
Memories of my life born in 1918 to being a soldier in the Second World war PART 4
Jack's Story
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
My Father in Law
Longstop Hill
Addendum to Music in Wartime Italy
Neville Chamberlain
Leaving Home
Memories of War
DIRECT LINKS to Ron's collection
Link to my story
Link to my story
Link to my story
Memories of air crashes in Lincolnshire
Link to my story
Messerschmidt's attack us on Swanage beach
Messerschmidt's attack us on Swanage beach
Link to my story
Strasbourg Part 3
Strasbourg Part 3
THE FORGOTTEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR 2
THE FORGOTTEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR 2
Searching for the truth
WW2 Infantryman
The Soundtrack to War
The Cyclamen Incident
A Lesson in Opportunism
Messerschmidt's attack us on Swanage beach
No Subject
The war in the Skies
Messerschmidt's attack us on Swanage beach
Unidentified Allied Soldier
Unidentified Allied Soldier
The Fortune Teller
Urban Legend
Unidentified Allied Soldier
Italy 43 & '44
Re: The nearest I've been to death
Italy 43 & '44
PETER'S STORY
PETER'S STORY
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Re: Ben Cumming's War - Chapter 4: Venezia Gi
Ben Cummings
Re: Ben Cumming's War - Chapter 4: Venezia Gi
Re: Gunner Burnard and the Brigadier
Re: RAF Bombing in Dresden
Re: RAF Bombing in Dresden
Re: My Stepfather's 25 War Medals
New Years Day 1944, Snowed in at Carovilli
There and Back Again
The Abbey at Montecassino
Uniform
Betty's little book
An army cook's story
Re: Bombs & Shelters
Tiger Tank
Re: My father's internment
Re: My father's internment
A Gunner at Dunkirk
From here to there, number 3
Troopship
Troopship
Regimental Badge
Regiment
Battle of Naples?
First Capture of a Tiger Tank
Re: How did Hitler keep control of Nazi Germany
A Gunner at Dunkirk
What a story!
Your Dad's story
Thank you for an interesting story
Thanks
Banking on the Front Line - 1941
Deportation
Deportation
Return to Cassino
Re: The Bombing of Lincoln
Re: memories of the war
The Sinking of the Lancastria—1940
A Doodlebug dropped in June 1944
21 Years Old on D-Day: With the Royal Engineers in Italy
Death of Mussolini
Alemein to cassino
Too young for the Job.
Too young for the Job.
Re: The First V1 Falls on London
Spying for Hitler Quiz
The 'Spying for Hitler' quiz
Attempted German Invasion
Attempted German Invasion
The Words that Brought the Country to a Standstill
Re: Dummy men and guns
Re: Dummy Men and Guns
Re: Washing For Monty
The Words that Brought the Country to a Standstill
Italy 1945
Italy 1945
Re: Alexander's story
Re: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, WHICH I WOULD RATHER FORGET
Re: Devon Family Saved by a U-Boat
If you can't stand the heat
If you can't stand the heat
Ron's Collection: Direct Links
Re: Sayings
Lord Haw-Haw
Re: The Lighter Side of War - CHAPTER 26a: Berlin August 1945 - February 1946
An air raid incident from WW2
re: The Story that has not been told of the British Expeditionary Force
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
THE ANGEL OF EL ALEMAIN
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
Royal Navy LCG(L)1
Camouflage on Airfields
Re: Spies in the house
Shot Down - Hospital Life
Olive Ball's Story
Re: The burst of disgust!
Doodlebugs
Re: The piano in the piazza
Re: CABLEWAY USED IN CROSSING THE SANGRO RIVER
Re: CABLEWAY USED IN CROSSING THE SANGRO RIVER
Derby' war effort
Re: CABLEWAY USED IN CROSSING THE SANGRO RIVER
Re: CABLEWAY USED IN CROSSING THE SANGRO RIVER
Derby' war effort
Knickers full of sea water
The V2
Declaration of War
Memorie di guerra
The Italians and the BBC
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
Don’t mention the reparations?
Don’t mention the reparations?
Re: Belsen - One Man's Journey
Don’t mention the reparations?
Re: Belsen - One Man's Journey
The Italians and the BBC
The Italians and the BBC
A lucky escape in Doodlebug Alley
Snakes Alive !
World War experiences from a young age.
The Italians and the BBC
Shot Down - Hospital Life
Shot Down - Hospital Life
I remember 1939-45
Attempted German Invasion
Re: Sealion
A Fragment of Memory
Re: Never Mention Winston Churchill!
WW2 Medals
Monte Cassino
Re: I had my Obituary in the National Press
Re: Field Marshal Keitel's surrender
Re: Field Marshal Keitel's surrender
The Queen of Tonga
Re: RECCE SPITFIRE - 9 TIMES SHOT DOWN
VJ Day Parade
Doodlebugs
Victory Celebrations, 8th June 1946
Bombers and Fighters
A Solitary Walk
Demob Education Course
Victory Celebrations, 8th June 1946
V1 fear and destruction
Normandie June, July, August 1944 - Pt I
Normandie Pt III: The Battle of Falaise
Re: Matt Guymer Recollections - Part IV
Shot Down - Hospital Life
Loss of the Lancastria
some truths about Dunkirk
Re: A free Poland?
Occupation Stories "Complaints Procedure"
Russia's Germans in WWII
Retrieving the Enigma code books
Private Edwin Goody
A free Poland?
Re: Memories of Doodlebugs
Re: Grandad's wartime memories
A Gunner at Dunkirk
Re: Homecoming from Italian POW Camp
Re: Homecoming from Italian POW Camp
WELLINGTON BOMBER CRASH -12TH AUGUST 1942
Sunday 15th December 1940...Land mine on Jenkin Road
Waving Goodbye
Re: Bob Biggs Codebreaker The day I helped the US gain revenge for Pearl Harbour
The Morrison Shelter
Experiences of a Polish Jewish refugee from Germany
Bad Nenndorf - Torture??
Getting back from Dunkirk
Re: Wartime Work at Broadcasting House
Memorie di guerra
Air Raid Monday morning 11.08 29th March 1943
L/Cpl Joshua Reed
Re: Unwilling to be Beaten
Spitfire tale
PETER'S STORY
Leeds and Aberdeen: Cities of Contrast
Africa Star and Emblems
Re: German attempt to invade England 1942
A Tank Mans Day
Head in the Clouds
V2 Rocket
Africa Star and Emblems
The Battle for Groin, March 1945
Re: My Army Tales Germany
Africa Star and Emblems
Re: On The Run
The 16 October 1939 raid on warships in the Firth of Forth
The 16 October 1939 raid on warships in the Firth of Forth
First raid
The 16 October 1939 raid on warships in the Firth of Forth
D-Day Memories
D-Day Memories
Things were very hard
Re: Flying bombs over London
WELLINGTON BOMBER CRASH -12TH AUGUST 1942
War-time Intelligence
A Close Shave
Ghostly Apparitions
They Shot Me Down
Freedom of Speech - Mitcham
Head in the Clouds
One of Many
From Army Orderly to Secret Service Lady
Tail-end Charlie, Lancaster Bombers
Tail-end Charlie, Lancaster Bombers
Have you ever seen an egg?
DUNKIRK AND D-DAY RECOLLECTIONS
Ten Minutes to Pack
Freedom of Speech - Mitcham
Freedom of Speech - Mitcham
Walking in the footsteps of Churchill
Walking in the footsteps of Churchill
Walking in the footsteps of Churchill
Walking in the footsteps of Churchill
Death of a Lancaster
Last Chapter
The Squadron Leader
They Shot Me Down
Walking in the footsteps of Churchill
Life in Hamburg during WW2
Life in Hamburg during WW2
Life in Hamburg during WW2
Lunch time Sgts Mess
First woman into liberated Belsen?
Re: AMERICANS - no women in pubs
Lunch time Sgts Mess
Machine gunned in Hastings
Re: Second World War
Re: My early Memories of World War Two
Re: Second World War
Re: My early Memories of World War Two
Re: War with Tito?
Re: Happy Italian POWs Singing English Songs
A free Poland?
A free Poland?
World War II: The River Elbe Crossing
A free Poland?
A free Poland?
Re: Danuta Juszkiewicz - Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland
Stuck in front of the Gustav Line - and "The Plan"
Your Uncle James' story
Flotsam
Your Uncle James' story
Stuck in front of the Gustav Line - and "The Plan"
Stuck in front of the Gustav Line - and "The Plan"
One Day in 1940
An Alien's daughter's story
Billericay World War 2 Italian heroine
How To Feed A Family On Rations
Christmas in Italy 1943
The Flying Bombs
Capture of Rome, 4 June 1944
Capture of Rome, 4 June 1944
Italian Partisans 1943-1945
Re: my great grandad
Re: Bombs & Shelters
Army vehicle registration numbers
Eddie's War
Eddie's War
Re: Our debt to Neville Chamberlain
Re: London's East End and Entertainment
Re: Birmingham at War - As I Remember It Part 1
Birmingham At War - As I Remember It - Part 2
Birmingham at War - As I Remember It Part 5
The War of Ernest H Foard MM, 1939 to 1945
An Angel’s War
steelgirls strike
MY SECRET WAR
MY SECRET WAR
MY SECRET WAR
The War in Germany - Chapter 6
Troopships to Egypt
My Flying Boots - Channel Dash
Troopships to Egypt
Troopships to Egypt
Re: Our debt to Neville Chamberlain
The Doodlebug in the Village
Allied bombing of Germany
Some corrections to my story
Allied bombing of Germany
Before I forget
Coventry
Dad's War Story
U-570
Re: Doodlebug attack
Brave lad
Wartime in Italy Stories
MY SECRET WAR
Re: Our debt to Neville Chamberlain
Adventures Of A Dispatch Rider
One Day in 1940
Re: Birmingham at War - As I Remember It Part 1
Re: Dodging the Doodlebug
People I would like to meet
Did anyone know or care
Billericay World War 2 Italian heroine
MY SECRET WAR
Well done all Site Helpers
Well done all Site Helpers
Monte Cassino

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