• Liberation of Bergen Belsen

    The Numbers

    113th LAA Regiment RA (Durham Light Infantry) arrived at Belsen on the 18th April. The Panzer Barracks at Hohne, a short distance from the Belsen camp, was converted into a hospital and a transit camp. The DLI Regimental Journal for October 1946 reported the battalion recorded the following personel (live).  1,420 total views

  • Ron Westbury

    This is a photo of my dear old dad shortly before he passed at the grand age of 91.  768 total views

  • George Newson

    My Grandfather, Trooper George Newson, helped liberate Belsen as part of the Royal Armoured Corp.  548 total views

  • 75th Anniversary Press – John Gardiner

    A World War II veteran who was one of the first Allied soldiers to enter the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at its liberation, and likely one of the last still living, died on May 4 at the age of 95.  443 total views

  • Arthur Reede

    My uncle was at Bergen Belsen with an engineer s crew, for a few weeks before any liberation because of the diseases that were in the camps, they had to stay out.  439 total views

  • David Kane (SAS)

    My father, a German Jew, was there with the British SAS . He had just turned 23 and lost most of his family, including his mother, who had been deported to Łódź and murdered in Chelmno.  253 total views

  • Michael Lyne

    Michael Lyne joined the fire service in Bodmin when he was just 15 years old in 1942. He says: “Cornwall was a massively busy place. They did a lot of the bombing of the U-Boats pens in France from St Eval. “There were heaps of Canadians Air Force Crews. The Americans were coming and going all the time. “We had eight operational air forces in Cornwall during the war. People seemed to think that nothing happened down here. “We had a training anti-aircraft establishment at Bude, then we came down the operations airfield at Davidstow, then St Merryn, the St Eval, St Mawgan, Perranporth, Nancekuke, and then Predannick on the…

  • Walter Stott

    Huddersfield soldier Walter Stott was one of the first soldiers to enter Belsen Concentration Camp. His testimony was part of an act of commemoration in Dewsbury on April 15th, 2005 – 60 years after the camp was surrendered to the British.  141 total views

  • Thomas Gibson – Medical Student

    During early April a notice appeared in the Medical Schools of the London hospitals asking for twelve volunteers from each to make up a party of a hundred students, whose object would be to treat starvation cases in Holland under the auspices of the Red Cross.  352 total views