26 The Zilken Letters. A veteran exposes the army's best kept WWII secrets!
"In the hot desert, while on guard, some of us drank the rusty water from the radiators of the Bren Gun carriers. I would lie on my back - mouth under the drain plug of the carrier!
"I didn’t get far before Jerry had me in range and dropped a few mortars all around me. I froze, as each bomb seem to get nearer. I could feel the heat off them as they exploded …".
"They were all court martialled and two or three were sentenced to be shot!".
Revealing highlights of letters Private Fred Zilken sent to comrade Wilf Shaw over a number of years after WWII.
Great, unpublished history!
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Below: Fred Zilken proudly wears the 50th Infantry Division TT badge, denoting the catchment areas of the battalion, the Rivers Tyne, Tees and Humber in Yorkshire. Drawn Sicily 1943.
Below: Signal platoon outside Marston House 1941, WW2. Fred top right.
So, a pic of Fed exists after all!
A WW2 history podcast on Bill Cheall's war diary and memoirs.
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39 Stan Perry Listener Feedback and Quiz
38 Sergeant Eion McEwan - Paras WWII
36 WW2 Tank Captain Stanley Perry PART ONE
37 WW2 Tank Captain Stanley Perry PART TWO
35 Freddie Linacre WW2 veteran interview
34 Wartime Holidays WW2
33 Wartime Recipes and WRENS in WW2
32 Women at War, WW2
31 Child of War - An interview with Volker Wehrum, WW2
30 Queen Mary in WW2
29 Prisoner of War in WWII
28 Wilf Shaw RIP Tribute
27 Veterans Bennett and Cheall remember D-Day WWII
25 Sgt Rufty Hill meets Winston Churchill in WWII
24 Christmas at War, Bill Cheall
23 Wilf Shaw - WWII army veteran interview 3
22 Wilf Shaw - WWII army veteran interview 2
21 Angus Wallace of the WW2 Podcast interviews Paul Cheall