• Harold Pearsall

    My dad, Harold Pearsall, 97, landed on Juno beach during the D-Day landings as an anti-tank gunner and took part in the assault on Caen.  12 total views

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    Gilbert King, 249 Battery (Oxford Yeomanry) RA

    There were tears as the Jewish men and women once held at the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany met Gilbert King, 96, who is one of only three former soldiers still alive of those who took the camp for the Allies in April 1945.  3 total views

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    Pipers – Liberating Belsen?

    We are grateful to Bruce Hitchings MBE BEM, Kirknewton, Scotland and to Bob Shlaer of Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the following story. Last November, Bob read an obituary that appeared in American newspaper, The Week. The deceased was Branko Lustig (87) who, as a 10-year-old Croatian Jew, had been imprisoned at Auschwitz. The obituary describes how one day the youngster was ordered to stand in the front row at a hanging.  70 total views

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    Report on Belsen Camp by Lt. Col. Taylor

    REPORT ON BELSEN CAMP by Lt-Col. R.I.G. TAYLOR, DSO, MC.   Appendix ‘A’ attached is a short account of the condition of the camp as known before the entry on 15 April. Appendix ‘B’ is a copy of the agreement concluded between representatives of the Allied and German Armies on 12 April 1945.   PART I. On 13 April I received written instructions from B.G.S., 8 Corps that I was to assume control of the area as given in the agreement, that I was to command all enemy troops remaining in the area, and “in principle British troops were to be employed to give authority of enemy forces vis a…

  • George Leonard (63rd ATR)

    Even before it had been officially liberated by the 11th Armoured Division on April 15, 1945, George Leonard was there behind enemy lines with a tiny force of just 200 soldiers under a flag of truce.  440 total views