On the 11th minute of the 11th
hour of the 11th month…
We Will Remember Them
A story of bravery, humility, honour, camaraderie and sacrifice, as remembered by South Australian veterans who served in New Guinea during World War II.
Save history one story at a time. November is a good time to start a family tradition of capturing and preserving family memories. The author uses examples from her own family. Encourage your children and everyone in your family to write annual or semi-annual autobiographies. Record older family members.
Watching my 20-year-old son step onto the firing platform of a Canadian trench that extended to within whispering distance of heavily fortified German trenches on Vimy Ridge, France, my heart sank knowing that the young sons of Canadian and German families 96 years before had done the same never to return home from the First World War.
The argument can be made that the Second World War actually began at 7:00 A.M. on November 8, 1918 when German and French officers faced one another in a railroad car in the mist shrouded forest of Compigène to negotiate an armistice. Others mark the date as September 1, 1939, at 10:00 A.M. the day Poland was invaded and France declared war on Germany.
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