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Jack Smith joined the Royal Marines in 1942 when he was only 17. Two years later he was one of thousands of Allied troops taking part in D-Day.
Aged 17 Dennis Alcock lied about his age to join the Royal Navy and fight in the Second World War.
Norman Penny served in the Royal Signals at D-Day, working on mobile landing strips for aircraft.
In the Second World War June Denby was employed as a driver. And a month after the D-Day landings, she found herself on the way to France.
Gilbert Bradley and Gordon Bowsher fell in love before the start of WW2; but when Gilbert joined the army their relationship survived through letters.
Three generations of the Nixon family will visit Anzio and Monte Cassino to re-live the hardest fought battle of the war.
At the end of WW2 millions were homeless, transport links had been destroyed, and many nations’ industry were in ruins.
The end of WW2 didn’t result in the immediate end of service for millions of British and Commonwealth troops.
People, families, communities, and nations all went through massive social changes as a result of WW2.
WW2 veterans on how coronavirus is affecting their lives, and their experiences of coping in the face of adversity.
Discover how Bergen-Belsen became an infamous Nazi concentration camp in WW2 and what happened when it was liberated in 1945.
At 9pm on Friday 8 May, the Legion took part in a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Grab a cup of tea and join us for a livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to share experiences.
Most people remember where they were or how they found out the Second World War was coming to an end. As the war ended in Europe, we share the VE Day stories of those who lived through it.
Jack Ansell was called up to serve in the Second World War while working at the Post Office. He joined the Royal Signals before being captured in Greece in 1941 and spent four years as a prissoner of war in Austria.
Alec Penstone was 15 years old and worked in a factory when war broke out in 1939. After volunteering as a part time (Air Raid Precautions) messenger during the Blitz he joined the Royal Navy.