An airman’s experiences in the largest air training project in history and how Ivor shot himself down in a Spitfire!   During World War II, over 150,000 operational airmen flew with the various units within the Royal Air Force. They flew as pilots, navigators, flight engineers, bomb aimers, gunners and radio operators in Bomber Command,…

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Un nouveau projet pour recenser les plaques commémoratives parisiennes de la 2nde guerre mondiale et créer une installation d’art visuel sur les murs du Panthéon.   par IAN REED  –  7 janvier 2021  Place de l’Opéra, Paris – Août 1944   Depuis leurs studios près de l’Opéra Garnier dans le centre de Paris, un groupe…

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A new project to record the wartime memorials of Paris and create a visual art installation onto the Pantheon walls   by IAN  REED – 05 January 2021   Place de l’Opéra, Paris – August 1944     From their studios near to Opéra Garnier in Central Paris, a group of young graphic artists led…

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During the height of WWII, French airmen, exiled from their children and families brought Christmas Spirit to children in Britain. (in English & French)   BACKGROUND   Following the liberation of North Africa by the Allies in 1943 French Air Force personnel were released and shipped to Britain to form French squadrons within the Royal…

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  Au plus fort de la guerre, les Français loin de leurs familles ont pensé au Noël des petits Anglais malades.     Contexte Historique   Après la libération de l’Afrique du Nord par les Alliés, en 1943 le personnel de l’armée de l’air française libéré se rendit par bateau en Grande-Bretagne pour constituer des…

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The despoilation of Poland, and a young soldier’s extraordinary journey to join the Allies and General Anders Army in Italy.   Ludwik Cytera was born on 16th July 1913 in Rudka, 80km north of Lwów in pre-war Poland, now western Ukraine.   Ludwik Cytera – Polish II Corps – 22nd March 1943   He was…

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A brief look at the history, symbols and the relevance of Remembrance and why it is still important today.   Stopping the Cycle of War   In 1859 Austria invaded Sardinia and fought France (11 weeks), in 1864 Prussia and Austria invaded Denmark (9 months), in 1866 Prussia invaded Austria (5 weeks) and in 1870…

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Recently discovered letter from Occupied France – How civilians risked their lives protecting allied servicemen – in her own words.   A Letter from Paris – 1944. Recently discovered letter by a brave Russian lady and her family who saved a young British airmen from enemy hands at the risk of their own safety.  …

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