World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

Introduction 

The intention of this site's creator is, for many years into the future, to provide a 'not for profit' aid to schools, historians and individuals who simply have an interest in World War 2.


In 2005, many volunteers from across Britain gave up their time, working under the auspices of CSV (Community Service Volunteers) to compile a nationwide database of World War 2 stories as submitted by members of the general public who were involved in the conflict in one way or another. These are direct "from the horse's mouth" stories, totally uncensored. As the project was managed in conjunction with the BBC, the stories were submitted to a BBC website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/


One might find the BBC site complicated and difficult to navigate, therefore this site has been created to contain the stories that were gathered by the Sheffield team and will therefore be easier to access.


D-Day veterans have gathered on Second World War warship ​HMS Belfast today to mark the 70th anniversary of the historic Normandy Landings.

The ship, which is moored on the River Thames, will lead 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations with a formal ceremony for veterans, as well as a flypast over the capital. Words and photos: Press Association.

To commemorate the historic assault, veterans who served aboard HMS Belfast during D-Day were joined by fellow veterans from The Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Normandy Veterans Association for a formal ceremony on the ship's decks, followed by a C-75 Dakota flypast along the Thames on behalf of The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Video at: http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/d-day/videos/d-days

BBC Home Service Announcement:
From the beginning - September 3rd 1939:
Click 'Play' arrow below to hear the chilling September 3rd broadcast by Neville Chamberlain.

"I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at 10, Downing Street. This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that unless we heard from them by 11 0'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.

You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace has failed. Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more or anything different that I could have done  that would have been more successful. Up to the very last it would have been quite possible to have arranged a peaceful and honourable settlement between Germany and Poland. But Hitler would not have it. He had evidently made up his mind to attack Poland whatever happened, and although he now says he put forward reasonable proposals which were rejected by the Poles, that is not a true statement.

The proposals were never shown to the Poles, nor to us, and, though they were announced in a German broadcast on Thursday night, Hitler did not wait to hear comments on them, but ordered his troops to cross the Polish frontier the next morning. His action shows convincingly that there is no chance of expecting that this man will ever give up his practice of using force to gain his will. He can only be stopped by force. We and France are to-day, in fulfillment of our obligations, going to the aid of Poland, who is so bravely resisting this wicked and unprovoked attack upon her people. We have a clear conscience. We have done all that any country could do to establish peace, but a situation in which no word given by Germany's ruler could be trusted and no people or country could feel themselves safe had become intolerable. And now that we have resolved to finish it, I know that you will all play your part with calmness and courage."

Audio recording of FDR declaring war on Japan - the 'Infamy' speech

Infamy Speech.mp3

To The End - 7th May 1945..........

Winston Churchill announces the unconditional surrender.

"Hostilities will end officially at one minute after midnight tonight, Tuesday, the eighth of May. We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing. Today is Victory in Europe Day. Long live the cause of freedom. God save the king."
Some of 'The Few'.
The memorial to The Few at Capel-le-Ferne, on top of the white cliffs of Dover...
Where the bombs fell on London
 
 

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. 

  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn them. 

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

we will remember them.

For our tomorrow, they gave their today.


And why did they do that, what was it all for?

Watch this video:
The Poppy Girls -

The Poppy Girls are a new all-girl group formed from children from Armed Forces families. Following an exhaustive worldwide search within the Armed Forces community, over 1000 hopeful children entered a competition to win a spot in the group.


Their prize? To perform in front of HM The Queen at the prestigious Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 9 November and to record the official Poppy Appeal single - "The Call (no need to say goodbye)" released on Armistice Day 11.11.2013

The Poppy Girls are Megan, Florence, Alice, Bethany and Charlotte – all have Dads serving in the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force.

Meet The Girls

Show your support for The Poppy Girls and The Royal British Legion:

#PoppyAppeal #PoppyGirls4No1

Below -  pictures taken on 15th November 2013
by Bill Ross