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Letters from the Home Front Letters 5 - 6icon for Story with photo

In several of these letter Marie refers to George as Peter Precious- as she was a Catholic from Ireland and...

Letters from France - 1944

He landed at Omaha beach after D-Day and advanced through St. Mere Eglise, and Avranches to Versailles and...

Letters August 1940

WA Barter 6472227, No. 1 Platoon, Block No. 2, Somerset Barracks, Shorncliff, Kent....

Aden to Egypt - In Letters

Geraldo and his band visited the camp and gave us a terrific show with Dorothy Carless, Len Camber, Doreen...

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Grandad's Story: Part 2

The Italians only allowed a certain amount of timber into the cookhouse to cook the rations, so if we...

A Man I Never Knew

On 4th April 1940 the 7th Battalion of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers were attached to the 51st...

Love by letter

My grandparents Pat Strange and Phil Clifton had met only a few times before the outbreak of the war. I...

My Aunt's Letter about the Blitz in South London

A few background notes - my aunt Gray was an infant school teacher, and was married to my father's...

Letter to America

Muriel is now working at the B.I. headquarters and travels into London every day. They were bombed out...

More Letters from the Home Front

Bill got a beautiful pink cushion cover, Ivy a brooch, Con some stocking mending silk, others got some bars...

Leaving Paris 1940

What follows is a near verbatim transcription of a letter written by my grandfather, Ronald "Jack"...

Victory in Europe - as seen from Rome and from Surrey

Our cinema now screened newsreels of the ‘V-E Day’ celebrations in London — the...

Grandfather's First Letter following Liberation

My mother, Sheila de Putron, then aged 17, and her family lived at Pierre Percee Villa in Prince...

Munich Crisis

We were very cosmopolitan, a lot of German Jews escaping Nazi Germany, opposite lived the Cohen's, next...

Letter about bombs in Bradford 1940

Jerry turned again and dropped five big bombs which scattered smaller incendiary bombs when they...

Marion Carrington's Story Part 3: Letters Homeicon for Story with photo

One young woman had a huge cart and she was pulling it along full of stuff and two young children and two...

An Argyll's send off to France,June 1944

My father, Graham Douglas of Gateshead,was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. We have a new chap...

The First News from Denmark

Minna's letter was written on the eve of her departure for a camping holiday in Salcombe, Devon, with a...

In the Mountains of Aquila

Just as well because soon after we saw a lot of Germans who were apparently the crew of a large naval gun...

Letter to Palestine from London re the First Few Weeks

She and the children had to be at the school at 8.30 a.m they didn't get away until 12.30 p.m. Mrs...

Alan French: War Baby: Interview. (Amended.) Part two.icon for Story with photo

But his younger brother,Jim French, went into the army. By the same contributor: 'The Three English...

A Long Friendship Part 1: Pen Pals in Cleethorpes and Bremen

An English grammar schoolgirl, who was myself, and a German grammar schoolgirl, who was Lotte Schellhass...

Coming Home (1)

Our register office marriage in 1937 was worthless in the eyes of the Church. I glanced at the Forum and...

My Grandfather - Family Man and Soldier

821720 Gnr A Harrison 260/65 A/T Regt RA Dorchester Dear Mrs Heath,. The next day Bob and I were detailed...

Brother-in-Law's Letter from the French Battlefields

We finally landed on French soil about 6am... When we first left England we were living on compo rations,...

Walter McElvain’s Letters From World War II: Letters from France — Excerpts

As we passed each settlement, chateau, or village, the people would line the road on either side and toss...

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