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“The personal accounts just get better” and that’s what our veterans subscribers told us. Many of these experiences are told for the first time by exceptional people who had to put their home lives on ‘hold’ and learn unimaginable new skills . Some witnesses scenes of horror as ships were blown out of the water, colleagues shot down from the skies and villages decimated by German armies which ravaged and plundered the land and everything that stood on it! 

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 May 2011 Edition

 

Retreat from the Monastir Gap by Ernest Chapman  - The Greek Campaign for the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, started when we were ordered to change our tanks .... then we dis-embarked finally at the port of Piraeus in Greece....

 

The Fate of HMS Carinthia by Eddie Fellows - The ship was a Cunard luxury liner in peacetime and seconded to the Royal Navy but then her fate fell foul to a German U-boat...

 

Building the Hamilcar by Joan Gemmell - The story of a young girl, sent for mechanical training and ended up at RAF Lyneham assembling the massive Hamilcar transport glider....

 

A Mulberry and some Gooseberries by Dave Greenall - The story of getting the 'Block Ships' to the Mulberry Harbours on D-Day June 1944.

 

How I became a Ferry Pilot by Doug Adams - An interesting story of a WWII Pilot whose job was to ferry aeroplanes around the world to various theatres of the  war....

 

Action Up the Mawchi Road by Stan Shortridge - Few accounts exist of the extra-ordinary life of the men who became the feared Orde Wingate's Chinditz - highly trained men in jungle warfare taking on the Japanese in hand-to-hand fighting in Burma...

 

Those Dark Satanic Mills by George Pringle - I too recall the days described by Tom Fitzpatrick in July 1940, when I received my call-up papers, a train warrant, and a 2/6d postal order....

 

Escape from Nauplia by Dennis Fletcher  - In the Spring of 1941    I was serving with RAF 80 Squadron (Hurricanes) in Greece as a Technician - then it was time to get out quickly ...

 

News of Yesteryear 1941

Evacuation from Greece...

Invasion of Holland...

Women for War Work...

Caught after Attack...

Heavy Blows on the enemy in the Middle East...

We Bomb Hamburg and Bremen..

 

PLUS Readers Letters - Newspaper clippings of 1945 and Finders Seekers..... (in every edition)

 

August 2011 Edition

 

151 Wing to Murmansk by Tim Elkington 134 Squadron

After Hitler's failure to dominate the skies of Britain in 1940, he turned his attention to Russia.... As a consequence Operation Dervish was conceived to transport Hurricanes by sea heading to Murmansk...An extraordinary account of a fearful and terrifying journey....

 

My War in Florence by Maria Serena Antonelli  - The story of a young Italian woman in July and August 1944 when bitter fighting was taking place between the Allies and German forces which resulted in the destruction of many towns, villages and the country-side in a beautiful area of Italy...

 

My Call Up by Ralph Turner -

My story of a 15 year old lad doing a paper round when War was announced by Chamberlain.... He registered for military service three years later eventually becoming a driver with the Royal Army Service Corps seeing action from Normandy right through to Berlin in 1945.

 

Six Days adrift in Normandy by Tony Lycett  - A unique account of the British Airborne Division on 5/6 June 1944. His drop zone with the 7th Parachute Btn was near Ranville being part of the 40 gliders carrying 720 men ....

 

Once a Beat Bobby by Louise Halliday ....The story of her late husband who joined the Bolton Police Force and was seconded to the Civil Defence Dept, on the outbreak of war.  In 1942, he

joined the Royal Navy at HMS Collingwood, eventually joining Coastal Forces ending up in Japan 1945 and then Australia.

 

Requiem for the Infantry by Tom Kelley - I was in the 7th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment landing on the Normandy Beaches in June 1944.  12 Platoon, C Coy, consisted of 35 lads, mostly aged  19 or 20.  We first went into battle at Epron on 8 July....

 

Rough Ride on an LCT - by Brian Carter - Croix de Guerre  - While most LCTs returned to the UK after unloading on D-Day we were left to help unload the ships onto the beaches...

 

Last Kick of the Cat by Peter Bone - An amazing account of the bombing of Hitler's Berchtesgaden by 626 Squadron....

 

PLUS Readers Letters - Newspaper clippings of 1944 and Finders Seekers.....

November 2011 Edition

 

Crusader in the Desert by Bill Sears  - On 18 Nov 1941, the Eighth Army, under the command of Lieutenant General Sir Alan Cunningham, started an advance into Libya from positions they had occupied since May.  The offensive, Operation Crusader, had been planned for some time to relieve Tobruk....

 

Bombing up the Blenheims by Lawrence Wheatley  - In the summer of 1941, I was serving with XI Squadron.  I, a humble member of the armoury, set off by lorry across three deserts to the Western Desert in North Africa to back up the Auk’s (General Claude Auchinleck, C-in-C Middle East) push against Rommel....

 

Windsor takes on E-boat Alley by Ron Walsh  - I joined HMS Windsor in Portsmouth on 15 April 1941.  As D42, she was one of several V&W Class destroyers from the First World War still in service at that time.....

 

From a View to a Kill by Ernest W Smart - ....A small number of us became the nucleus of the headquarters of the newly-formed HQ 7th Armoured Division under Major General Hobart.....

 

From Blackpool to Ballah by Ronald Saunders - The story of a  wireless operator/air gunner...We went on to fly with 114 Squadron in Italy in 1944 until the end of the war, during which we completed sixty two operations flying Bostons

 

What a Small World by Louise (Kay) Halliday - In January 1943 I was called up and had chosen to join the WRNS...... I was given a travel warrant and instruction to report to the Nore Holding Depot, Rochester, and then I knew my posting was to be at HMS Pembroke, Chatham.

 

FIrst Lift to Arnhem by Michael Watts - I was posted to RAF Flying School at Booker, where I learned to fly Tiger Moths....and from there to Brize Norton for training in flying Horsas....Then came the briefing for Operation Tonga and on 5 June 1944 we left Blakehill Farm towed by Dakotas.

 

The Day the Bombs fell on Hornsey Station by Reg Redford ....  I instantly thought, “He’s going to bomb the gasworks!”.  I saw the bombs falling and my next thought was “That’s it, I’ve had it!”. ...

 

Plus - a selection of short experiences from 1941....

 

February 2011 Edition

 

Matildas Advance on Tobruk  - Following the successes at Sidi Barrani in early January 1941 the 7th Royal Tank Regiment drove westward for their next engagement....

 

One of our Aircraft is Missing - by George Bova DFC  - After browsing through my log book in retirement I thought I would compile a detailed account of our crew's operational record with 6 and 8 Group, Bomber Command...

 

The Rigger went Flying - an amusing short story of a rigger that went up whilst working on the aircraft....

 

At Home of the Farm - by Dot Eccleston  -  A lovely account of the life of a Land Girl 'doing her bit' for the Country......

 

Testing the Defences by Rex Boys - A story of Danby Beacon, North Yorkshire, where the Radar Defences went through their usual testing procedures - a nice account ....

 

Action in the Gulf of Genoa by the late - Leading Seaman, Edward Pringle  - The life of an MTB crew looking out for German F-Lighters in the bay of Genoa ....

 

The Privilege of Rank by Kenneth Rosum, - A short story of a wireless operator who picked up a signal for an air-sea rescue launch ....

 

The Last Place on Earth by Frank Conn - In August 1943, 53 of us had just finished a Bofor's gun course ready to join our regiment.... we thought the posting  maybe to a tropical island....

 

The Fate of the Clan Ferguson by L C Hedge - An insight into the harsh world of convoys - and this was one of the most momentous  of them all - Pedestal...

 

Happy Days in the Home Guard by Tom Fitzpatrick  - In 1938 I started work in those 'dark satanic mills' which were not very nice places....

 

The Day they took the Children

by Brian Melvin   - As war approached, the plan was to send three-million children to 'safe areas' of the country....