A WWII veteran has told the story of how he was a goalkeeper in the Sunday football league at Auschwitz. Ron Jones, 94, played in football matches organised by the camp administrators at the labour complex. The pensioner played in goal for the Welsh team in the games against other British prisoners of war.
Three years after the end of World War II tens of thousands of German prisoners of war were still being detained in post-war Britain. In March 1946, angry that the government had not announced when they could be repatriated, the Labour MP Richard Stokes said the Germans were entitled to know their expected date of release.
In 1945, British troops in Germany collaborated with the Red Army in rounding up civilians and afterwards machine-gunning men, women and children in groups. Many British soldiers testified that they heard the rattle of machine-guns nearby just a few moments after the prisoners were handed over to units of the Red Army.
During the summer of 1940, 18 months before the United States trade sanctions provoked the Japanese into punching their way out of the trade headlock by attacking Pearl Harbor, Congress appropriated $23 billion for the War Department.
That the British succeeded in turning the Dunkirk defeat and retreat – the most humiliating in history, into a victory was bettered by the propagandists spin that transformed a top American commander into a folk hero.
On May 2, 1945, the German Armed Forces – not the government had capitulated, overwhelmed by the combined forces of the Soviet Union, British Empire and industrial-military might of the United States.
ROBERT LLOYD WRITES: I have never been a fan of the French people throughout my life. It’s probably because of their unfriendliness that is widely acknowledged by tourists over the many years. Even a sister of mine that used to work for the airlines in the mid-west, said the French-Canadians was rude to English speaking people when they travelled to Montreal.
The Kremlin during the Second World War acknowledged Charles de Gaulle as the leader of the government in exile of Free France because he had helped torpedo Winston Churchill’s plan for the Western allies to liberate Central Europe, according to French historian and former head of Le Figaro Magazine Henri-Christian Giraud in his book ‘De Gaulle and the Communists’.
In 1942 marine fireman William Swinchin of Dingle Mount in Liverpool, England engaged in an incredible act of endurance when he survived 75 days alone, adrift on a raft after his vessel was sunk by a U-boat.
Twenty-five years in the making Witness to History is the size of two large paperbacks. Heavily illustrated, this remarkable chronicle did the job it was intended to do.