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World War 2

The engagement

She was at home in the village, knitting by the light of the oil lamp when her father came home from the fields. Her mother was at the opposite end of the kitchen nursing the youngest child. He took off his hat and coat. As he sat down he spoke to her, ‘There is a … Continue reading »

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A wartime Christmas (continued)

On Christmas Day 1942 the Germans brought up armoured cars and infantry to mount an attack. After fierce fighting it became clear that the Allies could no longer hold Longstop Hill as their losses were so great. Therefore, in the afternoon the decision was made against a counter attack. The Northamptons  had been instructed  to … Continue reading »

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A wartime Christmas

‘Algiers to Austria’ by Cyril Ray is an account of the 78thDivision in World War 2, based on divisional war diaries. In the acknowledgments my father, Captain J.A. Pike, is listed among those officers who lent the author first hand material. On the title page he had stuck in a photograph of himself in uniform. … Continue reading »

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