In this episode we’re looking at how Britain found the manpower to fight the war. By the end at least four and a half million had served from Britain. If we add to that figure Empire and Commonwealth forces, we’re looking at perhaps upwards of ten million. Its an astounding figure….
In many ways, the Thompson and its history reflects the character of the American boys sent overseas to fight in WWII — scrappy dogfaces with lots of fight and some mischief in their background who were shipped out to do a job and do it well. That interesting...read more
He was Ganju Lama, 19, a rifleman in the 1st Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles, in the Indian Army during World War II. He won the Victoria Cross (VC) in Burma on 12 June 1944. A month before this engagement, Ganju Lama had been awarded the...read more
Allied forces fought fierce battles up the boot of Italy during World War II. Stalemated at the formidable Gustav Line north of Naples in late 1943, they outflanked it with landings at Anzio and Nettuno, then broke through it with a massive offensive in May 1944. By the fall of 1944, after more...read more
I know what you are thinking” This is going to be one of those Isis or refugee stories” ! No it is a WWII story, but it does indicate that that part of the world has been troublesome for quite a while.
On this day in 1941, British,Australian,Indian and Free French forces entered Syria...read more
May 2015 marked the 71th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, fought over four main battles between 17 January and 18 May 1944. They saw the Allied Forces involved in some of the most bitter fighting of the Second World War, where steep mountain slopes and...read more
El 17 de enero de 1944 comenzaba la batalla de Montecassino, donde se enfrentaron 185.000 hombres de los que 74.000 murieron, por eso es considerada como una de las batallas más sangrientas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y la victoria aliada en esta cruenta...read more
B24s and P47s Bomb Burma Mandalay Campaign Ledo Road Ramree Island January 1945. 10th Army Air Force P-38s and P-47s bomb targets in support of Chinese troops in their efforts to reopen the Ledo-Burma Road. Additionally, B-24 and British heavy bombers smash targets in support of the British and...read more
A small pamphlet, one of a series on Indian Infantry Divisions that fought World War II and published by the War Department, Govt of India (before the British gave independence to India in 1947). Anonymously authored.
The Division came into this war along the most ancient rivers of...read more
Raymond Fuller, 88, from Poole, joined the Royal Navy as a 17 year old in 1943 and served on HMS Illustrious. The carrier's aircraft attacked targets in Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies and took part in the Battle of Okinawa.
Mr Fuller's pilgrimage in the new year is being funded by...read more