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Remember Together

In 2019 The Royal British Legion is asking communities across Britain to come together, join together and remember together the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together 75 years ago.

Allies from the Commonwealth and other nations had fought shoulder to shoulder with Britain since the start of the Second World War, but in 1944 this collaboration would result in victory in three critical battles; Monte Cassino, D-Day, and Kohima and Imphal.

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Three campaigns, many nations

At Monte Cassino an Allied Army over 240,000 strong, with contingents from six continents, would open the way to the liberation of Rome; at D-Day thirteen nations would collaborate to land 156,000 men in Normandy; and at Kohima and Imphal one of the most ethnically diverse Armies in history would come together to win one of the most remarkable victories of the war. ©IWM (IND 2864)

Three campaigns, many nations

At Monte Cassino an Allied Army over 240,000 strong, with contingents from six continents, would open the way to the liberation of Rome; at D-Day thirteen nations would collaborate to land 156,000 men in Normandy; and at Kohima and Imphal one of the most ethnically diverse Armies in history would come together to win one of the most remarkable victories of the war. ©IWM (IND 2864)

Cooperative efforts continued during the Cold War with campaigns such as the Berlin Airlift which saw Britain, the US and France flying in supplies to the over 2,000,000 citizens of West Berlin. It was to be the largest airlift in history and the first recognisable humanitarian operation carried out by the Armed Forces.

RAF and WRAF fitters working on the engine of an aircraft at Gatow. The WRAF fitter, Corporal Fisher, thought nothing of working 16 hours if necessary and was decorated for her outstanding service.

RAF and WRAF fitters working on aircraft at Gatow during Berlin Blockade. ©IWM (HU 068630)

An Indian infantry section of the 2nd Battalion (Credit: @IWM IND 2917)

From cooperation to community

The collaboration of Britain with our Commonwealth friends and Allied nations in 1944 continues to shape our society today. Many communities, whose ancestors served side by side, now live side by side in a multicultural Britain. © IWM (IND 2917)

From cooperation to community

The collaboration of Britain with our Commonwealth friends and Allied nations in 1944 continues to shape our society today. Many communities, whose ancestors served side by side, now live side by side in a multicultural Britain. © IWM (IND 2917)

To honour the sacrifice made by the peoples and nations who fought alongside each other 75 years ago, this year we ask that your Remembrance services and activities reflect our shared communal heritage. The Remembrance team at the Legion is here to help you by providing materials and information.    

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