Videos tagged with ww2

Birmingham Blitz in WW2

Birmingham Blitz in WW2

Barbara Johnson recalls her childhood memories from the Birmingham Air Raids during World War 2, which left Birmingham the 4th most heavily bombed city in the UK. Barbara is chair of the Birmingham Air Raids Remembrance Association (BARRA). For more information visit http://www.birminghamairraids.co.uk and http://www.bmag.org.uk/

Evacuation and the aftermath of the Blitz in the City of London

Evacuation and the aftermath of the Blitz in the City of London

Evelyn Jajechnyk was born and raised in the City of London. She was 12 when she was evacuated with her sister to Norfolk and they stayed there for 3 years during the worst of the bombing. In this interview Evelyn recounts some of her childhood war-time experiences... She remembers the huge difference between the busy market street she lived in in London and the idyllic countryside in Norfolk. Upon her return to London after 3 years she was faced with a destroyed London and on her first night back her parents took her to Aldwych tube station to the shelter... Evelyn also recounts one other incident with a molotov cocktail stuck to her roof!

I met the man who shot down my Father in WW2

I met the man who shot down my Father in WW2

My Dad was shot down near Brussels in WW2. I met the German fighter pilot who did it.

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...

WW2 Experiences in Lewisham and the differences in pre and post war life

WW2 Experiences in Lewisham and the differences in pre and post war life

In the second part of his interview, John Deal speaks of how him and his wife Reenee met in the aftermath of the Second World War when they were both training to be teachers. John worked as an aircraft fitter throughout WW2 but never left the country. He witnessed a lot of destruction in the Lewisham area due to fires and bombing... John recounts one particular incident when a dormant incediary bomb fell through the roof of his house onto his parents' bed whilst they were there! Carrying on from his first interview, John explains in more detail the differences he has encountered in society and everyday life before, during and after the war...