Foreword from our President, Lieutenant General Bashall: "These are real stories of real people from a range of backgrounds from across the globe, all of whom were caught up in the kaleidoscope of a war of national survival. We can learn so much from these stories. They remind us particularly of the human nature of conflict and its impact on ordinary lives; and, as a veteran myself, the remarkable military journeys stand to inspire the next generation. It is everyone's best interest to understand the events of the Second World War so we can prevent it happening again, and we need to cherish the memories of those who lived through those years - while we still can."
Those who lived through the Second World War have many stories of bravery, sadness, horror, doubt and longing. Inspired by conversations with veterans following the publication of her grandfather’s wartime memoir, Victoria Panton Bacon has gathered a moving collection of their experiences. Their recollections tell of a different time and reveal the courage, actions and sentiments of those whose wartime experiences changed the course of history; stories of ordinary people who lived under the long shadows cast by the war and whose young lives were changed irrevocably. Though many tales are sad, describing being sent into war and the loss of friends and family, there are also stories of joy and love found in the darkest of times. For them, war, the ultimate leveller, threw them into remarkable times, whether they were a merchant seaman, army officer, pilot, young Jewish girl, code breaker or Home Guard recruit. From one extraordinary story to the next, Remarkable Journeys of the Second World War immerses the reader in the lives of real people who lived through conflict.