Videos tagged with BRITISH ARMY

National Service and Life in post-war Hackney

National Service and Life in post-war Hackney

Alex Mitchell speaks in a very positive light about his time doing National Service. He was fortunate to have job where he did not have to train or due guard duty but look after the officers, a 'Back Man' as it used to be called. It was a great atmosphere and he even formed a Skiffle band with some of the other men. Alex also talks about how he met his wife and how she waited for him after until after he finished his National Service when they consequently got married. Alex has always lived in Hackney, East London. He recalls what the area was like in the 60s and 70s and how he used to see the Quay Brothers out and about the place...

NEAR MISS CRASH IN TIGER MOTH

NEAR MISS CRASH IN TIGER MOTH

former British Army officer John Elliott talks about learning to fly a Tiger Moth aircraft and a near fatal crash.

WHAT A SOLDIER HAD TO DO TO GET A BATH IN 1942

WHAT A SOLDIER HAD TO DO TO GET A BATH IN 1942

John joined up as soon as he was old enough for military service and was keen to get into the war. Here he talks about the training, and about how he had to buy his weekly bath in Glasgow on a Saturday night - and the lengths he had to go to in order to be able to do so.

LIBERATING NORWAY AT END OF WW2

LIBERATING NORWAY AT END OF WW2

Having trained as a paratrooper, John was keen to get into the war - but the closest he got to action was a hair-raising flight to Norway, where he and his troops were treated to a heroes welcome by the local girls - to the evident chagrin of the occupying Germans!