On May 23rd 1982, having diffused a bomb dropped by the Argentinians onto HMS Argonaut, Warrant Officer John Phillips who was Sergeant Major in bomb disposal during the Falklands War, and his colleague Staff Sergeant James Prescott were called to HMS Antelope. Two 1,100 pound (500 kg) bombs had struck the ship on the starboard side, killing one crewman, Steward Mark R. Stephens. Here John Phillips talks through the numerous attempts to defuse the bombs. But on the fourth attempt one of the bombs exploded
John Baxter was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and held first on Java. He was then transported to a camp on mainland Japan near Kyushu a coal mining area. Here he describes the moment the atomic bomb went off in Nagasaki, and how he went straight into the city to try and find the rest of his team.
Roger was a 30 year old constable with the Metropolitan Police at the time of the riots. In this interview he talks about events of April 1981 - the Brixton Riots and how the police tried to handle the situation.
On 25th May 1982, one of Argentina's National days, HMS Coventry, accompanied by HMS Broadsword was ordered to take up position in Falkland Sound to act as a decoy to draw away Argentinian aircraft from other ships at San Carlos Bay. But Coventry was attacked...and David Wood was onboard and only metres away from where the bomb hit..
Sir Nicholas Winton, was a British stockbroker who brought hundreds of Czech children to the safety of the UK as the Nazis invaded their homeland.British stockbroker. Here Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines talks about Winton and how she was on the last train out of Prague before World War Two started.
In 1983, James was a Major in Berlin and among his responsibilities was taking care of Hitler's former deputy, Rudolf Hess. He met Hess frequently, and tells of the extraordinary relationship between the Allied Powers in Cold War Berlin.
Sharon had gone to sleep on the evening of 7th August when she woke to find the buildings around her house on fire. She made sure her grandchild was safe, and then was out in the street in her pyjamas, fearing that her own house would burn. Still,like so many others, Sharon loves the Tottenham community and sees the positives which have come out of the riots
Patricia remembers the event that became known as the 'Battle of Lewisham' in 1977. The National Front were given permission to march through South London, passing through Lewisham where the residents were mainly left-wing. "The day has been seen since as a turning point in the fortunes of the National Front and the 1970s anti-fascist movement as well as in policing - riot shields were used for the first time in England." - Wikipedia
With Germany out of their way, Tito's communist party came back to power. Rrahim Rexhepi, a World War Two survivor, explains how the Yugoslavian communists executed people that simply refused to obey their inequitable regime.
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