Just had a idea come into my mind if people know what there family did during WWII in the armed services be able to post what they were and what there roll was My grandad was a loader on a 17 pounder gun and saw combat in North africa Sicily then was shipped to europe then sent back during the retreat and then back into europe on D-Day 3 months after D-Day he was discharged due to Shell shock. The most amazing thing i find about his experience is on D-Day out of all the confusion he bumped into his best friend from befor the war who was now in the royal engineers piloting his Landing craft, lol Anyway feel free to share, not sure if it'le catch on but thought it'd be a interesting to read through people's family's experience's from the war.
my grandpa was a pioneer and was captured by the russians. he almost died when he got meningitis in captivity, but a russian nurse saved him. He came back 1948 I think, but that´s all I kno because he refused to talk about his experiences.
Hmm...My family managed to be in such a position that all my ancestors were either too young, too old or had medical conditions that exempted them from service (specifically, 3rd degree burns from childhood that prevented him from raising his arms over his head).
In fact it's kind of sad but I've only really met one Second World War veteran my entire life. He had been a merchant seaman along the US east coast during WW2. His ship was one of the last wooden sailing ships that were used for shipping. During one convoy, while they were sailing dangerously close to shore to avoid U-Boats, another ship in his convoy, the SS Anna R. Heidritter, ran aground and sunk. I met him in the North Carolina Maritime Museum, which had an exhibit on the rescue operations to save the crew of the Heidritter.
The country my family came from (El Salvador) did jack shit during WWII (although we did declare war on Germany and Japan cause we were allies with US, we just didnt send any troops cause we were to poor) :rolleyes: Same with all the other countries south of US (except for Brazil) :uhoh: Though my grandpa was in the army and attained the rank of sergeant, so he wouldve fought if we had sent troops :lookaround:
My Grandpa was a glider pilot in Burma during WWII. Naturally after landing the glider he became an infantrymen and fought until the mission was complete, then he did it all over again.
He died in 1989.
My one grandfather was in the Italian Army. I have no details since my grandmother does not know exactly. All I know is that he was against it and they moved to Canada a few years after the war.
My other grandfather fought in Hong Kong and was captured by the Japanese. He spend the remainder of the war in a POW camp. I believed he was finally released a few years after Japan's surrender.
Both died shortly before I was born.
My both grandfathers were fortunately too young to actually fight in WW2, but the older one was in a training camp preparing for the unavoidable, had the Continuation War gone on for just a little bit longer he would have been sent in too. One of the fathers of my grandparents was long dead, one a priest (can't remember where he was positioned though, he might have been a field priest then for all I know) and two I've never been told what they did during the war since all of them died before I was born, but both survived. The only close relative that I know fought and died in the war was my grandfathers older brother who fell on the Karelian Isthmus, IIRC as infantry, to my shame I don't even know if that was in the Winter or Continuation War, but that's really not the sort of thing I want to bring up with my 82-year-old grandfather, talking about the soup made of water and horse fat they were served during training is about as close to the war as he spontaneously goes.
My grandpa was a Captain in the army, got injured at Dunkirk, and my great uncle was a rear gunner in a Lancaster, and got killed over the Mediterranean. When it comes to World War 1, I lost about half of the male relatives in my family.
My father's father was a truck driver at Olonets Karelia from 42-44 during the continuation war. He drove supplies and men all around the Olonets and later he did the same during summer 1944 at Isthmus. He never participated in any large battles in any other way than driving wounded out, bringing more men and supplies to the men who did the fighting. Altho he wasnt in perfect safety either as the red army planes, especially the sturmoviks didnt seem to like finnish transports a lot.
Nothing else. They were too young.