Friday, 6 June 2014

A Previous 6th June


13 comments:

Joe Public said...

At this time, I ask Rosie's readers to also remember those of 'Slim's Forgotton Army' battling away in the jungles of Burma.

JRB said...

“We will remember them”

… and to Joe - a much appreciated thanks.
War is undoubtedly hell, but the war men, like my dear departed father. fought in Burma was a particularly nasty and evil hell.

Joe Public said...

Rosie - I hope you don't mind me 'conversing' with JRB via this post:

@ JRB. My dad was attached to the 82nd (West Africa) Division, a particularly forgotten part of the 'Forgotten Army' (When General Slim thanked his 14th army at the end of the campaign, he did not even mention the contribution of the west Africans.)

Although dad wasn't involved in the battle of Kohima, for anyone interested, I strongly recommend "Road of Bones: The Epic Siege of Kohima 1944" by Fergal Keane.

The memorial at Kohima has the famous inscription "When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today" - so applicable to the Normandy veterans.



Rightwinggit said...

One of my Uncles names is on the RAF memorial at Runnymede.

subrosa said...

Thank you Joe. Indeed we mustn’t forget them.

subrosa said...

I’ve met a few Burma veterans JRB and none survived without some terrible lifelong health problems.

subrosa said...

I’ve met a few Burma veterans JRB and none survived without some terrible lifelong health problems.

subrosa said...

I don’t mind in the least Joe. That’s what comments are for after all.

subrosa said...

I’ve visited there Rightwinggit. Emotional experience.

Hamish said...

Too true about the Burma veterans Rosie. My late uncle Hector spent 4 years in a Japanese POW camp, and carried a physical and emotional legacy from his treatment there for the rest of his life.
My aunt would plead with me not to allow him to talk about his experience, because she said he always had fearful nightmares afterwards.
I try to resist xenophobia, but I find the failure of the Japanese to make proper apology and reparation for the atrocities they committed very shameful.

john gibson said...

I know this is off topic,but have you seen this yet on the Cranmer blog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziw5Tbb2K_Q
John Gibson

subrosa said...

None I knew ever referred to it Hamish. Sometimes it’s better that way.

Agree with your last sentence.

subrosa said...

I have now John and thank you. Hope to do a post about it asap.

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