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    Personally I do not think it ever will Billy they will always be the forgotten hero's.
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    If you google " Highlanders at St Valery " there a bit in the Herald about the forced march and slave labour.
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    So many things we now want to ask departed parents (and grand parents) who were perhaps taken earlier than expected and at a time when we were too young, too stupid and self centred to ask........
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    Back in 1974 I used to work with a bloke called Arnie Howard, he was about 50 odd then and was always going on about being an ex POW, he was captured in North Africa without firing a shot and spent most of the war in a Polish camp. I seem to remember that the camp he was at was one of the Stalag camps and he said that at one point he got mixed up with the Jews and sent on a death march.
    He could speak fluent German and I remember once we had a German customer (we were doing furniture delivery) he spoke to her in German and she asked him how he learned the language (her face was a picture when he told her) he had a great sense of humour and didn't hold any grudges against the German people...
    My dad was a bit younger and didn't get called up untill after the war, he was staitioned in Cologne (which was in a bit of a mess) and was struck by the humility and friendliness of the Germans.
    When I was a kid we had German and Italian Au Pair girls (Olga the Italian girl was my favourite) even in the sixties twenty years after the war had finished this was a bit contravertial and some families in the street wouldn't talk to us....

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    dont i wish id pushed dad to tell more.
    dad was called up about 6 days after war started.
    i have every one of his orders organized in a power point presentation with a lot of photos.
    if you would like a copy let me have your email
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    my dad was a german pow, like most of them he didn't talk much about it, he was in
    the royal norfolks and a plattoon seargent at the grand old age of 19, I don't know a lot
    about his movements but he told me that they were captured going through france and
    joked on occation that me and my sister shouldn't have been here because him and his
    mate, also from the same village were thrown in a ditch and surrounded by germans
    with there rifles trained on them, he didn't say what that was all about, when I worked
    for him after leaving school we used to drive about a lot to do with his job and he used
    to say that he would one day take me to france and show me where they buried a load
    of guns and munisions before they were captured ,but sadly he had a fatal accident in
    the late 70s so that never happened, after the war he like to brag that he flew back
    home sitting in the rear gunner turret of a lancaster bomber, my sister recently told
    me that dad and some others escaped from the camp but were recaptured, I guess
    my mum must have told her stuff about the war, I presume my mum and dad met
    after the war ,she was in the ats down in Devon, I plan on finding out more about his
    movements some day soon, he had a thing about food wastage at the dinner table
    when we were kids I suppose that was to do with being in the camp, I rant on
    about manners and a lack of respect for your elders which kids don't seem to have
    these days but thats something that comes from your parents I think,
    hope this was worth reading. cheers Richard.

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    Thanks for all the stories, facinating reading. Keep 'em coming if anyone has any more please. Also, reading other stories jogs my mind and I remember my Dad also telling me he buried his Sten, or Bren Gun. Can't quite remember which one it was though or where it was buried. The Camp he talked about was Stalag XX1B and the photos and Dog Tag have that stamped on them. I have lost touch with my cousin who found out my Dad was in 7 different Camps. Pity as I was going to ask him where I can find out more about the other 6 Camps my Dad was in. Does anyone on here know who I could contact to find out please?

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    Have a chat with the Fusiliers, most of the battalions have their own historical records and they may be able to help you.

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    Thanks. Will do.

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    Thanks for posting up these stories guys. Fascinating and sobering reading. I always watch the WW2 anniversary programmes when they pop up on the tv. The best bits by far are when the old vets are left to tell their stories uninterrupted.

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