This year marks a number of notable World War II (WWII) anniversaries, most significantly, the 75th anniversary of VE Day – when combat ended in Europe. With this in mind, all our stories in this episode are WWII themed – giving insight into the lives of not just those that served but also the impact of war for the people at home in Britain, and how this was reported in the press at the time.
Michala starts the episode with the sadly tragic story of the first civilian casualty of WWII, James Isbister (as reported in The Guardian on 18 March 1940), and Brad’s headline ‘Missing Reporter Safe: Plane’s Crash Landing’ pulls us into a tale of ‘aerial mend and make do’, and what happened to the plane – and one of the men involved (The Guardian, 23rd September, 1944).
Rounding off the episode as always with our News In Briefs, Michala has a little nugget of dental advice for children during the war and Brad unearths a picture story of war-weary graffiti on a Norwegian street.
Note – At around 16 mins 40 seconds into this episode, Brad mentions how living veterans of the ‘First World War’ are a good source of data. He did of course mean ‘Second World War’.
All newspaper articles referenced in this episode were sourced on Newspapers.com, with additional research conducted by Brad and Michala using Ancestry and other resources.
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