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ray

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Lovely to see the last of the forces who were involved in the second world war, and I would think there are loads on here who had relations who were involved as well.

My parents were in the Royal navy and my mum was in the WRAF's stationed in Buckie Scotland, she was one of the girls who moved the models around on the big table so the big wigs could plan the next move.

My dad joined the navy at the outset of the war along with my mum, He did 4 trips on the Russian convoys, got sunk at Dunkirk and ended up on the beach looking after the wounded until he managed to get off. He wangled a weeks leave to marry my mum, he had a gold posting but lost it to his mate Ernie who took it and he ended up on Tank landing Craft, Oh the Gold posting ship, HMS Hood Ernie didn't make it!.  Dad was in an harbour in Italy and he was having a fag looking over the side of the ship when he noticed a shape underwater it was an Italian two man submarine planting mines on the ship, he and his mates blew them up by throwing hand grenades in at frogmen. 

Then my mums brother Uncle Bob my Mountbatten and the guy who taught me fishing. He was a career soldier joining at 14, he spent many years in India rising to the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major.. He also was at Dunkirk and was taken off the beach with one of the small ships, he was offshore when a German plane  shot the boat out from under them, he ended up in the water with a sailor the only two survivors, they clung to a bit of wreckage and drifted for nearly two days, a boat came to recue them and the sailor gave up and sank when rescue was so near, he was the most kind soft spoken man you could wish to meet, but he was a tyrant in his army role.. He was busted down to private twice for fighting but got his stripes back..

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Yes it was great to watch today the heroes we owe so much to
Father was involved as a chef and I still have his hand written recipe book cooking for 100 men on brick built ovens out in the field
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What wonderful memories and stories. Did you see the pic of the Queen with a tear in her eye?
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I shed a few tears of pride watching it all, happens every year.

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My mum had to go on a course during the war, two of them from their station at Buckie had to go to the smoke to take the course, they set off from Scotland by train it took them three days to get to London they had to keep stopping under bridges to shelter because German planes kept bombing the railways.  They were so knackered when they got to their hotel they just went to bed in their uniforms, next morning they got up for their breakfast and half the hotel was missing it had been hit in an air raid and they both slept through it!.

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I shed a few tears of pride watching it all, happens every year.

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I shed a few tears too... thinking of all the dads, sons, mums and all the others who never came home
I doubt the human race will ever learn the futility of war.. Unless the people who cause it ( politicians and the like ) have to fight them selves without the millions of ordinary folk to back them up !
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I got a bit emotional when Macron read the last letter from a 16yo who was about to be executed. 16yo ffs.
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