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THE FRENCH MILITARY GET VERY LUCKY during Suez Crisis

THE FRENCH MILITARY GET VERY LUCKY during Suez Crisis

Lance Corporal Bill Avis was conscripted in 1953 and served 2 years in the Suez Canal zone. However, in 1956 he was called up again and sent back to take part in the Suez Crisis. On his arrival back in the zone he was rather surprised to see what the French military had brought with them...

NARROWLY ESCAPING A TERRORIST ATTACK IN CYPRUS 1956

NARROWLY ESCAPING A TERRORIST ATTACK IN CYPRUS 1956

In November 1955 Lance Corporal Bill Avis was recalled to the Suez Canal zone where he had been posted since 1953. On the way back to the zone, Bill's company were detoured to Cyprus to bolster British troops as the recently founded EOKA terrorist were seeking independence and union with Greece through armed struggle. It was a cup of tea that saved Bill's life against a terrorist attack that struck hours after Bill had arrived on the island....

London being bombed during WW2

London being bombed during WW2

Bill Avis talks about bombs falling on London during the Second World War, collecting shrapnel, and picking up something and taking it home that was more dangerous than he thought!

AVOIDING EVACUATION DURING WORLD WAR TWO

AVOIDING EVACUATION DURING WORLD WAR TWO

Bill Avis was four when war broke out in 1939. Here he talks about how he avoided evacuation (and getting punished for it!) and bombs falling alongside him in the street.