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    People's War
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    Winston Churchill inspects his tank
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    The BBC's People's War project asks you to get involved in preserving stories for future generations. Read some local stories here, and see how you can join in too.

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    The WW2 People's War Website aims to capture and preserve for future generations the personal and family stories of the people who lived and fought in World War Two. This is an opportunity to leave a legacy so that the sacrifices of the war can be better understood.

    The Website enables you to write about World War Two, discuss the stories that you read, reunite with others and research the war generation.

    The WW2 People's War Team rely on you, the online community, to provide authentic stories and constructive feedback.

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    The WW2 People's War Website aims to preserve for future generations the personal and family stories of the people who lived and fought in World War Two.

    Find out more about this project.

    Visit the People's War Web site or download a story form here.

    The Website enables you to write about World War Two, discuss the stories that you read, reunite with others and research the war generation.

    And as some people have found out, it's a good chance to really talk to your parents and grandparents!

    You can read some local stories here, and find out how you can get involved in the project.

    Finding Sergeants Morgan and Mitchell Tony Barker died in the crash
    THE HUSBORNE BOMBER: During World War II, the residents of Husborne Crawley in Bedfordshire came to the rescue of a bomber crew that crashed in a nearby field. They are now trying to find out why they were there and what happened to the survivors.

    D-Day revisited Les Dinning
    LES DINNING: On the 6th June, 1944, the Allies began the liberation of Europe with one of the most daring missions in history. Sixty years on, veteran Les Dinning is returning to the Normandy beaches.

    "May the fathers long tell the children" St John Fisher Year 6
    ST JOHN FISHER SCHOOL: When learning about D-Day, young pupils at a St Albans School realised that war holds the same fears whatever side you are on. Then in words and pictures they imagined they were there. Enjoy their work here.

    Have you got a WW2 story? People's War
    BBC ROADSHOW: Have you got a World War Two story? If so, you can log it for posterity at the BBC WW2 People's War Roadshow, when the project comes to Bedfordshire for two weeks.

    Memories of a war baby Wendy Lewis and her brother
    WENDY LEWIS: Apart from a year in the States, Wendy Lewis (nee Moon) has lived in St Albans all her life. Here she recalls her memories as a small child in war time Hertfordshire.

    Vauxhall to the rescue Chruchill tank
    TO THE RESCUE: In World War II, when the British Army were down to their last 100 tanks, it called on Vauxhall Motors in Luton to save the day. They ably rose to the challenge, even though it made the town a target for the Luftwaffe.

    Giving something back Jim Lewis
    JIM LEWIS: Jim was evacuated from bomb-wrecked Westminster aged two. After an unsettled childhood moving round the country with his foster mother, he eventually settled in St Albans, where he has lived for over 40 years, and become a foster parent himself.

    Living with the enemy Jim Lewis
    LIVING WITH THE ENEMY: Did you know that the Gliding Club on Dunstable Downs housed Italian POWs? There were many enemy soldiers living amongst the people of Beds, Herts and Bucks in WW2 - and some are still here!

    The Glenn Miller mystery Glenn Miller
    MILLER MYSTERY: In December 1944, Glenn Miller boarded his plane from Twinwood Airfield in Bedfordshire never to be seen again. The rumours surrounding his death and his legend live on.

    The secret war in Milton Keynes Wavendon Tower
    SECRET WAR:If you thought that code breaking at Bletchley Park was the only top secret thing going on around Milton Keynes during the Second World War, then think again! It's the stuff that movies are made of!

    How Bedfordshire fooled the Germans! Milton Bryan
    MILTON BRYAN: A small Bedfordshire village is home to one of the most amazing stories of World War Two. A radio station was built in Milton Bryan, where presenters pretended to be Germans to fool the enemy into surrender. Now listen for the first time since WW2!

    Lovingly restored Restored tank.

    TANK POWER: Most of the Churchill Tanks made by Vauxhall during the war are destroyed except for one that's been brought back to life by garden centre owner David Russell.

    You can find more stories like this and add your own on the People's War Website.

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