At this time, I ask Rosie's readers to also remember those of 'Slim's Forgotton Army' battling away in the jungles of Burma.
“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.
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.
One of my Uncles names is on the RAF memorial at Runnymede.
Thank you Joe. Indeed we mustn’t forget them.
I’ve met a few Burma veterans JRB and none survived without some terrible lifelong health problems.
I don’t mind in the least Joe. That’s what comments are for after all.
I’ve visited there Rightwinggit. Emotional experience.
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.
I know this is off topic,but have you seen this yet on the Cranmer blog.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziw5Tbb2K_QJohn Gibson
None I knew ever referred to it Hamish. Sometimes it’s better that way.Agree with your last sentence.
I have now John and thank you. Hope to do a post about it asap.
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