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  1. The South Wales Borderers and D-Day

    Phil Carradice

    D-Day, 6 June 1944. Shortly before dawn, the greatest sea-borne armada in the history of the world anchored off northern France preparing to disembark thousands of American, British and Commonwealth troops onto five pre-ordained invasion beaches.

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  2. Spies, lies and espionage during wartime Wales

    Phil Carradice

    The story of Arthur Owens, the Welshman who spied for both Germany and Britain before and during World War Two has become quite well known. His motives were always unclear and the web of intrigue that seemed to surround his various enterprises make him a fascinating character. But Owens was not the only person with Welsh connections to dabble in political intrigue.

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  3. Vito Victor De Lorto: in search of a GI father

    Cat Whiteaway

    Last October I received a request for help while appearing on BBC Radio Wales. It read: "How would you go about tracing an American GI from World War Two?"

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  4. GI babies - researching American soldiers' families

    Cat Whiteaway

    Nobody knows exactly how many GI babies were born but it is estimated to be in the thousands.

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  5. Welsh trawlers at war

    Phil Carradice

    In all 136 fishing boats were lost during the Second World War, with over 900 trawlermen going to their deaths. And many of those men came from south Wales.

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  6. The Cwmparc bombing

    Phil Carradice

    In April 1941, at the height of the German bombing offensive against Britain during World War Two, the small village of Cwmparc, just outside Treorchy, was subjected to a devastating bombing raid from the Luftwaffe.

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  7. Penarth's unusual war memorials

    Phil Carradice

    Phil Carradice writes about the Welsh seaside town Penarth that has a number of unusual war memorials for the BBC Wales History blog.

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  8. The Bevin Boys

    Phil Carradice

    By the beginning of 1943 there was a shortage of around 36,000 miners, many having gone into the armed forces or left the mines in order to take up better paid jobs in places such as munitions factories.

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  9. The thrill of live television and reuniting old friends

    Cat Whiteaway

    A short while ago I was on the BBC's The One Show. I can't quite believe that I can now write that sentence or even that I was there. It was all very exciting and in the end I wasn't nervous at all, which is quite surprising really since it was my first time doing live telly. As I expected t...

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  10. Lottery fund helps Cardiff war veteran to revisit Sri Lanka

    BBC Wales History

    A national television advertisement for the National Lottery's Good Causes holds special significance for Cardiff war veteran Leslie Godwin. Leslie Godwin Leslie is one of over 50,000 people who have made commemorative trips through the BIG Lottery Fund's Heroes Return scheme. ...

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