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Time to think of the real end of WW2.
Let us remember all those who did not make it back.
I agree with you,i will be raising a glass later,
An almost forgotten date. I remember that in our street we didn't celebrate this day as we did VE day. It was a bit of an anti-climax after the euphoria of VE day. To us the awesome power of the A Bomb beggared belief. The war years were thrilling times for us kids.
Having a nostalgia trip here!
Think our street party was after the cessation of hostilties
I know there was three kids parties in our area --when we all got sweets
fruit and toys as gifts------------was just little then !!
My Dad was Merchant Navy and used to bring us loads of food parcels -food rationng was really basic !!
Lived in North Kent and still remember the ''doodle-bug' and V2 rockets
force fed Cod liver oil -the orange juice and glass of milk . Mind you
must've been the right diet for us ''war-babies !!
Down under we call it VP day
Bet you weren't too young to 'titter' at Janes antics though!
The Daily Mirror Comic strip :lol:
Some real memory recall -------Garth
Wearing clogs my Dad brought home from Holland and getting sent home from school --the noise clattering on the school floorboards was upsetting the teachers.
Enjoyed childhood really -no money ,great neighbours and the simple life.
Surely "Garth" didn't appear till after the war?
"Ruggles", "Captain Reilly-Foull", and "Jane" were wartime favourites, and I'm pretty sure there were a couple of others, but memory fails on those.
Garth? The names familiar, but can't think from where. I must have lost a few brain corpuscles.
Apologies! I've just managed to google it and Garth did indeed start during the war - March 24th 1943.
I probably didn't notice, my Mum had died on March 8th!
Remember the Ruggles now aswell.
The brain is amazing --its a friggin long time ago and its still keeping
memories like that .
I think the war memories stay fresh because of the unusual events
------- air raid shelters or the dash for cover during bomb raids . Used to
go searching for spent shells from air dogfights must've been 20mm cannon or .5" and hand them in to the street wardens.
As for the VJ day -my Father was in Singapore for the surrender and collecting POW's to ship back to Australia -had to track his history myself
because he would never mention his Merchant Navy time .
I am in the process of trying to tie down my late Fathers Service documents so that I can have a better understanding of his war service. He never mentioned it to us kids.
Please remember those who did make it back, people like my dad, who was entertained by the slant eyed little f*ck pigs for a time after the battle of Imphal, and were never the same again.
I would like to mention George Bickett who after two years in the Singapore Hilton (Changi) was never again able to eat or walk properly, and lived in Australia from necessity rather than choice as the cold affected his joints severely. Only the ones the Imperial Japanese Army dislocated, which was all but one.
Me too it was a big adventure. Thank fcuk I did not fully understand the full implications. Dad did not get home until l 1946. :?
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