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    Victor Long (1SAS)

    Those horrific images were seen at first hand by 82-year-old Victor Long, of Essex, a former SAS member who was one of the first British soldiers to enter the camp 60 years ago on Friday. These memories stay with you, you can never forget.  7,449 total views

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    Mady Gerrard – Survivor

    On 15th April 1945, British Soldiers entered the gates of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp for the first time. They found more than 50,000 prisoners, suffering from disease, starvation, neglect and torture – as well as the bodies of thousands who had already died.Immediately, a major relief effort began, with British troops trying to save as many lives as possible, but even after liberation, 14,000 more people would die. Today, 75 years on, SSAFA remembers the actions of the British soldiers, who did what they could to rescue and revive the thousands of people on the verge of death, from the worst terror imaginable. The first men to enter the camp were…

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    SAS Enter Bergen Belsen

    March 1945, two SAS squadrons numbering about 300 men in all crossed the Rhine at the tip of an Allied army invading Germany itself.  10,285 total views

  • The first in…

    On April 15, 1945, Lieutenant John Randall, then a 24-year-old SAS officer, was on a reconnaissance mission in northern Germany.  7,558 total views

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    Keith MacLellan (1SAS)

    Keith William MacLellan (1920-1998) (first left on photo) was a modest, quiet man who didn’t like to draw attention to himself.  6,774 total views

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    Peter Weaver 1SAS

    Philip Humphrey Peter Weaver – 1SAS. Arriving at Belsen with his 1SAS unit Peter Weaver stayed on, as interpreter to Lt.Col. Taylor OIC 63 Anti Tank Regiment RA who were the first troops to stay any length of time in Belsen.  161 total views

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    Johnny Cooper 1SAS

    Eighteen-year-old Johnny Cooper volunteered for the SAS in 1941. Johnny Cooper was one of the first two non commissioned soldiers to join L detachment of the SAS the regiment, and helped build the service up to the effective force it is today.  115 total views