Sunday, March 24, 2013

The children who fought Hitler; video

"The Children Who Fought Hitler" - November 2009 from War Graves Commission on Vimeo.

Greenlit: The Children Who Fought Hitler, BBC4 | TVMole

The Children Who Fought Hitler (1×60?) – which tells the forgotten story of a heroic battle to help liberate Europe from the Nazis fought by the children of the British Memorial School. The school served a unique horticultural community of former-First World War soldiers and their families who tended the war graves in Ypres.... Read more...

And this comment by the instigator... of this story

I am the instigator of the research in 2000 of my pre war British Memorial School and what happened to the survivors of May 1940 together with me (5 yrs old) and my parents during 6 days from Ieper to Calais. This is now produced in book form THE CHILDREN WHO FOUGHT HITLER and give a detailed description of the British Community from 1919 when my British father married a Belgian girl from Dikkebus. In 2001 I did a first reunion in 60 years and thus discovered Elaine Madden and Steve Grady, yet many were taken in July 1940 to detention camps in Upper Silessia where they spent the war years, and the women to camps in Southern Germany.In 1946 I returned to Belgium with my parents having spent the war years in London and was educated at the Koninklijke Atheneum of which I have fond memories. Yet I have remained an “Ieperling” by birth and affection and am very happy to have transmitted both film and book on our lives as a British community in a rebuilt Ieper. James Fox (Paris)


British internees at Tost - World War 2 Talk

The story of British internees at Tost is covered at length in a book by Frederic Turner "les oubliés de 39-45 la rafle des Britanniques" (the forgotten of 39-45 the internment of the British).
Link here to an account of his book.
Frederic Turner is the son of the many tommies that fought in WWI, stayed in France after the war and married French girls. In July 1940, after the German invasion of France that led to Dunkirk and the armistice of 22 June, all British subjects that hadn't escaped to Britain were arrested and interned in Tost, upper Silesia (now in southern Poland).

I curate a web site on the long history of anglo-french friendship to keep the memory of these dramatic events of WW2. Link to it here.

My parents were fortunate to escape to England thanks to HMS Venomous on 20 May 1940. But my uncle and many other British subjects of the Calais region did not; they were arrested on 17 July 1940 and interned at Tost.

Also, among the British internees was PG Wodehouse. The BBC broadcasted on 25 March 2013 a fiction film on PG Wodehouse at Tost. Link here

With Frederic Turner, after viewing the trailer of this film, we consider it a romance that aims to rehabilitate PG Wodehouse whose conduct during his internment was not correct, as testified by several co-internees and recorded in Frederic Turner's book.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Royal Navy and Naval History.Net

Royal Navy history...Ships, crews and casualties in WW1 and WW2.

The Wartime Memories Project - STALAG 21D POW Camp

The Wartime Memories Project - STALAG 21D POW Camp
Stalag XXI D was located on the Polish border near Posen. The camp was split over several "forts". "Fort 8" was a fort which dated from the Franco Prussian wars as was "Fort Rauch" which was situated on the river Warter. It was reported that the water pumps at these camps up pumped rats as well as water. ... Read more...
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- The Diary of Alan Forster, POW 3921, Stalag VIIIB (October 1944 - May 1945)