History of War

JOURNEYS TO VICTORY

After almost six years of the bloodiest conflict ever fought, the guns fell silent in Europe on 8 May 1945. The continent had been utterly devastated with countless homes and cities destroyed. Whole countries had been brought to their knees and millions of lives had been lost or irreparably damaged. The intense pain the conflict had inflicted was finally at an end and the war’s conclusion triggered mass celebrations across the world.

Out of the millions who remembered that day were two men who contributed to the Allied victory. Albert Selby and Fred Duffield were both soldiers in the British Army who had extensively fought in Europe from 1944. However, on 8 May 1945 they had very different experiences of VE Day. Seventy-five years on, they recall the battles that led to the war’s conclusion, the comrades they lost and the sober recognition that VE Day was not the end of WWII. didn’t know what was coming! I looked out about half a mile from the beach and saw one of our ships sink. Whether it was a mine or not I don’t know but I couldn’t imagine it was anything else.”

When the landing vessels approached Sword, the soldiers were exhorted into

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da History of War

History of War3 min letti
Churchill Tank
Perhaps the most versatile and hence successful Allied tank of World War II, the Churchill was conceived in the late-1930s as an instrument of trench warfare as prosecuted during the Great War a generation earlier. A potential replacement for the Mat
History of War1 min letti
The Met
The targe is part of the collections of the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Known as The Met, the museum is the largest art museum in the United States and contains the popular Department of Arms and A
History of War11 min letti
Worcester
From 1642, the British Civil Wars consumed the Stuart dynasty’s three kingdoms in a titanic struggle between king and parliament. The conflicts – which were proportionally the bloodiest in Britain’s history – were fought across England, Scotland, Ire