Today is the 74th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

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  1. Ourman

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    Just feel like pointing out that today, 15th August 2019, is the 74th anniversary of VJ day, the end of the Second World war. And unlike VE day no mainstream news media outlet has mentioned it.
    To all those who have relatives who came home scarred for life, physically or psychologically, or never can home at all from Burma, Singapore and the rest of the Far East
    We Will Remember Them
     
  2. denislawsbackheel

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    For some, my father in law being one it was not the end of hostilities.

    He was a gunner.

    As the war ended He was immediately shipped off to Palestine after fighting Rommel in the desert and through Italy at Monte Casino.

    He said that was worse than any fighting he experienced in the war cos you had no idea who your enemy was.
     
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  3. HypnoticBlue

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    To all those people that gave their lives so we would be free, thank you.


    CTID
     
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  4. Nowadays we would have given up and gone and hid in a corner. Doubt the axis would have provided a safe place for those of us who were offended by their genocide.
     
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  5. normskih

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    Thank you, I reminded my family earlier today about today's date, as my father who died of cancer more than 30 years ago, served in Burma and India during WWII. He didn't speak much about the war, as many didn't but what he and my Mum did say was he didn't come home from the war until Feb 1947, a good 18 months after VJ Day.
     
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  6. The Light Was Yellow Sir

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    If this forum had existed in 1938, people who fought in WW1 would have posted exactly the same bollocks as this.
     
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  7. Murph

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    I worked with a bloke who fought against "the japs". I was only in my late teens and he was getting on a bit then. He once said to me, the best weapon we had in the jungle were the very large baked beans tin's. He then went on to explain how these tin's were hung high up in the trees with several grenades suspended in each tin. They were rigged in such a way that pulling on the string or whatever was used, would pull out the pins and the grenades would fall down onto the enemy below.
     
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  8. casserole of nonsense

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    Thank you for remembering the 'forgotten' 14th army.

    My father served in India and Burma, fought at Kohima and in the Arakan campaigns. Went on to Malaya after VJ and didn't come home until mid-1947. He was away for 5 years, but his dog recognised his footsteps when he walked up the ginnel coming home. He never talked about what happened over there. I stumbled across a photo of him in a book about the Burma campaign and so I started researching his unit's records, a rewarding task.

    We also shouldn't forget the many Indian and West African troops who fought alongside the British.
     
  9. casserole of nonsense

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    Do you know which unit he was in?
     
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  10. Two Gun Bob

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    Cruel as cruel could be the Japanese. Codes of honour and Bushido non existent and just savage little dudes in frocks. The amount of brutality they showed towards soldiers and civilians alike would have disgusted even the Nazis with their infamous death railways and that end of war atrocity in Manila. Massive respect to our forefathers for all of their sacrifices.

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    “When you go Home, tell them of us and say. For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”

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