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October 29th, 2014  
dadsgirl
 
 
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Originally Posted by I3BrigPvSk
After the ignorant comments about the Dunkirk evacuation (among other lesser bright comments) I watched something interesting about the Dunkirk evacuation.

The historian making this documentary is Dan Snow. I think he is a British/Canadian historian. I have seen him in a TV series 20th Centenary Battlefields, Digging WWII, Battle Castle, 1812, and a documentary about how the British won the war of Canada, I don't remember the title of that one. He is pretty good to listen to, I have never read anything by him


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm4O_0xCMLs

I found this documentary to be extremely educating, interesting and bittersweet, as the way these things are.
Thanks very much for posting it.

Dadsgirl
October 30th, 2014  
JOC
 
 
A very short pictorial about England and Canada's toughest battle of WW2 the taking of Caen. This is not a documentary just some footage of the meat grinder that was Caen in WW2 The linchpin of the whole Normandy campaign and the key to the successful invasion of France. 10's of thousands died on each side in this battle. Montgomery nearly lost his command over the losses incurred over the taking of Caen. Eventually the British and Canadians won out "Payback for Dunkirk". The taking of Caen certainly rates as one of England's finest hours.

October 30th, 2014  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dadsgirl
I found this documentary to be extremely educating, interesting and bittersweet, as the way these things are.
Thanks very much for posting it.

Dadsgirl
My uncle Roy served in the Royal Horse Artillery while part of the BEF, his unit eventually managed to get to Dunkirk after destroying their guns. The constant bombing and straffing sent him over the edge. Today it would be called PTSD, then it was called "Bomb Happy." He ended up in hosptial a mental wreck. My dad went to visit him in hospital and walked straight past his bed, my dad didnt recognise his own brother. My uncle Roy suffered from his experience for the rest of his life.
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October 30th, 2014  
dadsgirl
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
My uncle Roy served in the Royal Horse Artillery while part of the BEF, his unit eventually managed to get to Dunkirk after destroying their guns. The constant bombing and straffing sent him over the edge. Today it would be called PTSD, then it was called "Bomb Happy." He ended up in hosptial a mental wreck. My dad went to visit him in hospital and walked straight past his bed, my dad didnt recognise his own brother. My uncle Roy suffered from his experience for the rest of his life.
Your uncle Roy suffered PTSD out loud through his life. It had to come out...then. Terrible thing!
My Dad held it in until he was on his death bed. Felt comfortable with my boyfriend and myself- for sure. Started in drips and drabs. My own brother didn't even believe that it was happening (lives in other state). But after each "story" he'd get anxiety. I'm VERY glad we were there to inform the nurse. She gave him meds. The wine we brought to the hospice helped a heap also!!!
All you can do is be there...
October 30th, 2014  
JOC
 
 
My uncle Jimmy flew in the RAF. His plane got hit and he was the only survivor. They landed in the channel and he heard the screams of some of his colleagues burning to death in the plane wreckages that were trapped in the burning plane. He was hospitalized for years for mental health concerns. It sent him over the edge for many years.
October 30th, 2014  
Kesse81
 
My great grandfather was in No.10 (Inter allied) Commando during the war. For many years after he could not cope with sudden loud sounds.

Moreover, he never watched any documentary or movie which dealt with concentration camps. He was involved in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen along with the 11th Armoured Division.
October 30th, 2014  
The Highway Man
 
 
My last Provost Company before leaving the military police had its HQ at Hohne, just up the road from Bergen Belsen.
October 30th, 2014  
Kesse81
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Highway Man
My last Provost Company before leaving the military police had its HQ at Hohne, just up the road from Bergen Belsen.
The Bergen-Hohne Training Area? Ive been there on exercise twice.
October 30th, 2014  
The Highway Man
 
 
That's the one, I was at our Fallingbostel detachment 30 km from Hohne.
October 30th, 2014  
Kesse81
 
You mean Bad Fallingbostel
Did you know that Field Marshal Erich von Manstein was buried there?

Was the Greek restaurant Akropolis located there when you were there?
 


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