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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:26 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Bootle was the most heavily bombed area, in the whole country! Official records, have accepted censored wartime propaganda, as truth!  Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WORLD WAR II as it happened

Death railway bridge built like ‘a pack of cards’

On the Railway of Death that the Japanese were forcing POWs to build through the jungles of Burma and Siam there was no respite. Australian Don McLaren had survived the nightmare journey by box car up to the jungle camps from Singapore.

http://ww2today.com/1st-april-194...bridge-built-like-a-pack-of-cards
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A HERO pilot from the Dambusters squadron who helped to sink the feared Nazi battleship Tirpitz during the Second World War has died at the age of 90.

John “Des” Phillips joined legendary 617 Squadron as a 20-year-old in 1944, a year after the raids on dams in Germany which made it famous.

He took part in later RAF attacks on U-boat pens, Nazi rocket sites in the Pas de Calais, and the Berchtesgaden mountain retreat of Adolf Hitler.

But his claim to fame was the part he played in three raids on the Tirpitz, the sister ship to the Bismarck.

A historian revealed how Des single-handedly prevented disaster for his crew during the third of the attacks.

In his 1986 book, 617 Squadron: The Dambusters At War, Tom Bennett told how Des’s grossly overloaded Lancaster bomber struggled to get off the ground on their mission to sink the 53,000-ton enemy ship in 1944.

He wrote: “The aircraft was taking off with 14,000lb overload when the port outer engine cut to less than half power.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/...28Daily+Express+%3A%3A+UK+Feed%29
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tragedy of Slapton Sands: The real story of that terrible night

IN THE early days of May 70 years ago the sea on the South Devon coast was washing up American corpses after one of the worst disasters of the Second World War.

The dead soldiers were hastily removed and interred in conditions of utmost secrecy.

The complete truth of what happened is still unknown.

But the idyllic Slapton Sands in Lyme Bay was once the scene of terrible carnage in the run up to D-Day.

At the end of 1943 around 3,000 people in several villages in what is now known as the South Hams area of Devon were given six weeks to leave their homes with no explanation. They didn't know it but they were making way for an invasion.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/...real-story-of-that-terrible-night
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a brave man Des was, and such a hero, we are all indebted to him for his dedication to his duty in defending our coubtry in time of need..pleased to see he lived a long and enjoyable life after WW2 and headed a lovely big family who I am sure will keep his name and the memory of his deeds alive for future generations to wonder at and to admire

And what a horrific but absoluterly amazing story of the events at Slapton Sands during the build up top D Day.

Thanks for these articles Alice, they made for a fascinating Sunday morning read
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forbidden Diary of a Wartime Nurse

Following closely in their wake were medical personnel, among them Mary Mulry, of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserves, known as the QAs.

She never fired a shot but her experience of war was as intense as that of any infantryman.

She nursed the servicemen and civilians wounded in the evacuation from Dunkirk and the horribly burned Battle Of Britain fighter pilots.

She subsequently twice escaped death during the Blitz in London.

As the Allied forces advanced from Normandy so did Mary into Belgium, where she cared for survivors of the disastrous assault on Arnhem, and into Germany where she witnessed the utter destitution of the defeated nation.

Working so close to the frontline she heard the first reports of the horrors of Bergen-Belsen, which was liberated by British troops, and when posted to Hamburg she attended the trial of the guards at Ravensbrück, the women's concentration camp.

Yet she was still able to feel compassion for German prisoners of war.

Rationing meant she was often faint with hunger and feeding patients felt "like torture".

She was also among the first nurses to use a new wonder drug called penicillin.

Yet she also managed to have fun with a large but transient array of admirers, musing wistfully: "I always seem to be saying goodbye to men whom I might have loved had there been enough time."

We know so much about Mary's war because she broke the rules.

Keeping a diary was strictly forbidden while on active service, which makes Mary's remarkably complete account all the more exceptional.

After languishing in the archives of the Imperial War Museum it is now being published as a book.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/...orbidden-diary-of-a-wartime-nurse

A Very Private Diary - A Nurse In Wartime by Mary Morris is published on June 12th by Weidenfield & Nicholson, £14.99 in Harback, £7.99 eBook.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting read thanks Alice.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over 750,000 loved animals were killed in the first week of the second world war is the subject of a fascinating new book.

http://www.express.co.uk/life-sty...great-cat-dog-massacre-hilda-kean
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sad, but interesting post, Alice!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alice, I had no idea that happened, very interesting but sad.

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