• 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.  148 total views

  • 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).  165 total views

  • Roll of Honour

    The 113th Durham Light Infantry, Royal Artillery, Roll of Honour (Listed by date order) x19 KIA from July to November 1944 (x15 found) and x10 in Training accidents prior to June 1944 (x1 found)  290 total views

  • The Heroes of Belsen

    The Heroes of Belsen “If you asked them to build a battleship overnight they’d produce it for you at breakfast!” Such are the expressions of praise made by Army authorities when referring to the magnificent work of relief done by officers and men of the 113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA at Belsen Concentration Camp.  485 total views

  • Charles Hall 113th DLI

    When Charles Hall was told his unit would be travelling behind enemy lines to take charge of a Nazi concentration camp, he could hardly have imagined the horrors he was about to encounter. Paul Willis, Northen Echo, meets a man who helped liberate Belsen.  137 total views

  • Liberation of Bergen Belsen

    75th Anniversary Press – The Northern Echo

    WHILE the street parties were in full swing in streets festooned with bunting back home in Blighty, Victory in Europe was marked in a starkly contrasting way for many British soldiers serving in different parts of the world.  210 total views

  • 75th Anniversary Press – Ken Knight

    Ken Knight was one of the first men through the gates. He spoke movingly about the experience to the Dorset Echo in 2003. Here we re-publish the interview with Ken who passed away in 2007.  155 total views

  • 75th Anniversary Press – James Heath

    Adrian Andrews, who lives in Bishop’s Stortford with wife Gunta and their two children, has written a book, A Pithead Polar Bear, about his grandfather’s Second Word War service, including the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.  129 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.  132 total views