Videos tagged with second world war
A MyStory film uploaded by DHE Solutions. [ A higher quality version of this film with subtitles can be viewed here -http://www.mystories.eu/stories/story/88/show Born on Long Marsh Lane in Lancaster, Mrs Clegg describes her early years including watching her Grandfather Haaf netting the River Lune, watching Barrow-in-Furness being bombed and befriending the evacuees and refugees. She describes the poverty which affected many people brought on by the depression in the 1930s. www.mystories.eu www.dhesolutions.co.uk
A MyStory film uploaded by DHE Solutions. [ A higher quality version of this film with subtitles can be viewed here - http://www.mystories.eu/stories/story/62/show ] On seeing how well his uncle; a ships boatswain, lived on board ship, Bill pestered his parents to go away to sea. He started training on the training Ship 'Indefatigable' at the age of 12. When war came he joined the Merchant Navy becoming a signalman. He later moved to the Royal Navy. The training he received on the Indefatigable held him in good stead for his life as a sailor. www.mystories.eu www.dhesolutions.co.uk
A MyStory film uploaded by DHE Solutions. At the outbreak of war, Lilian Cadoux was on holiday in Eastbourne. She was also eighteen and of call up age. To do 'her bit' for the war effort, she was assigned duties at a first aid post. Here she took up training to be a nurse. Later she presented herself to the 'Friends House' (The Quakers movement) She describes her work with the Quakers and her journey to various hospitals helping the sick and wounded. After the war she did further training and moved with the Quakers to Germany where she met her husband. Lilian describes her experience of living in Germany just after the war. She laments the fact that people so much alike in a place so much like England, should have to fight each other, 'If I had been blindfolded and dropped from a plane, where should I think I was -- Kent.' Lilian concludes from the point of view of a lifelong pacifist, and eloquently argues why war is wrong. www.mystories.eu www.dhesolutions.co.uk
On 8th December 1942 Stan Hope was the navigator/camera operator in an RAF Mosquito on a photo reconnaissance mission to Austria. When the aircraft developed a fault the pilot decided they could not reach Britain and so he and Stan would both have to bail out and the plane would be set to crash. They were over German occupied Belgium, and Stan landed by parachute in the countryside. He had visited its capital Brussels before the war, and even spoke a little French, and so he headed for this city in the hope that he'd find safe refuge there from the occupying German troops. He would then try to reach 'neutral' Spain via occupied France. While in Brussels he enjoyed a surprisingly sociable time over Xmas, thanks to the kindness, hospitality and courage of the Belgian family which hid him. But, as we'll hear in Part 2, the New Year would bring tragic consequences for them and also Stan. For more information on the WW2 escape lines: www.ww2escapelines.co.uk
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!