The stories behind the story
Bill Cheall fought at Dunkirk, North Africa and Sicily. He was in the first wave on Gold Beach on D-Day, and finally went to Germany. Since Bill's WW2 memoirs were published, many former comrades and families have come forward with stories and diaries of their own, all connected to Bill's story in some way. Please enjoy, hear the podcast - buy the book!
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A rare and rewarding opportunity to hear 97 year old war veteran Wilf Shaw's WW2 memories, sometimes tragic, often hilarious.
Wilf fought in many campaigns including fighting for Monty’s 8th army in Alamein, Wadi Akarit in Tunisia, Sicily and of course Normandy. He was wounded twice and still returned to battle!
Learn how the Dunkirk spirit of 1940 became the Christmas spirit of ‘45.
Hear the story behind the photograph, as Bill Cheall keeps the peace as a regimental policeman in war-torn and defeated Germany.
Celebrate the full glory of this recently colourised photograph.
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Future episode, 25, is Rufty Hill meets Winston – it’s another photo story.
The photo that goes with the show depicts Rufty Hill (back right), one of Bill Cheall's comrades, clowning about with friends in a photo booth in Limassol, Cyprus, in 1941.
And they’ve got one more distinguished unexpected guest! Bill Vickers (Back left) is another character who features in the story.
The story of the photo goes back to the start of the war, how these lads met, what special connection brought them together, and what tragedy was to befall some of them. Keep your tissues handy!
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