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Dad’s letters from Palestine February, March and April 1947

It has been a while since I posted a set of my father’s letters from Palestine. The latest set can be found here. I have been watching the turmoil in the Middle East just now. The awful acts of horror … Continue reading

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Dad’s letters from Palestine – November, December 1946 and January 1947

It’s been a few weeks since I posted the last selection of my father’s letters from Palestine. Here are the latest set. Since then some sort of peace has broken out in Gaza between Hamas and Israel and the more vituperative … Continue reading

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Dad’s letters from Palestine – September to October 1946

‘At one time anti-Semitism filled me with horror, but now I can never again feel sorry for any Jew. These terrorists are backed by 99% of the whole population, and murderers are heroes, or martyrs if we catch them.’ Dad wrote … Continue reading

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Dad’s letters to Palestine- July and August 1946

We are back in Palestine as the summer heat builds to a crescendo. I’ve posted some more letters and the poem I copied last time. However here we also have Dad’s explanation for writing it. Since starting on these posts … Continue reading

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Dad’s letters from Palestine May/June 1946

I’ve pasted another set of letters, as Dad settles into guard duty and the inevitable ennui and excitement of his time in the Middle East. It’s getting hotter in every sense. To begin it is a snake hunt that engrosses … Continue reading

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Becoming a Paratrooper, 1945 style

In my rummaging around for more information on Dad’s (Private Desmond Le Pard) time in the forces towards the end of the Second World War, I have found these photos which have Dad’s own explanations written on the back. I … Continue reading

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