Wartime Stories

Welcome to our collection of some classic wartime personal histories.

500 + Jolly :The great escape

500 + Jolly :The great escape

My 71-year-old grandmother had to come to terms with the reality that she would have to leave her home and ...
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A joyous day and some poignant memories

A joyous day and some poignant memories

9th May, the Victory Day, is celebrated on a grand scale in Russia. The document ending the Second World War, ...
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The Life and Times of Vassily K

The Life and Times of Vassily K

Sergei K. in conversation with Tapti Roy Thinking about the life and destiny of my dear Grandfather Vassily, I have ...
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Adventures of An Able Seaman

Adventures of An Able Seaman

I joined the British Navy at the age of 17 in 1944. I had lived with my parents in Markyate, ...
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Of War and Peace: Bangladesh in 1972

Of War and Peace: Bangladesh in 1972

  Excerpts from an account by an Indian civil servant deputed to oversee rehabilitation of evacuees and distribution of relief ...
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Katrina: A Latvian Tale

Katrina: A Latvian Tale

My mother, Katrina was barely 10 when she was orphaned, her mother predeceasing her father by a few months. Born ...
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Anonyma: A lady on the train

Anonyma: A lady on the train

Anonyma: Eine Frau in Berlin (known in the UK as `The downfall of Berlin Anonyma`) is a 2008 German film ...
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Evacuation from Ferozepur

Evacuation from Ferozepur

It was August 1965. My family lived in the army cantonment of Ferozepur, Punjab, in northern India. I was 10 ...
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Wartime Summer

Wartime Summer

The farmer peered out of his kitchen window at the hanging heads of corn, ripe and ready for the swift ...
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The Bourn Connection

The Bourn Connection

Me in WAAF, 1944 During World War Two I served in the WAAFsWomen’s Auxiliary Air Force was formed in 1939 ...
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Babcia

Babcia

 We as a family of four have been living in Adelaide for the last six months where we relocated from ...
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When the War Began

When the War Began

 I find it hard to believe that I was born only six years after the end of World War I; ...
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