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My Father: Reluctant Soldier #lettersfrompalestine #1946

In January 1946, having just turned 19, my father was dispatched to Palestine as part of the peace keeping force mandated by the League of Nations and soon to be remandated by the newly formed United Nations to try and … Continue reading

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A Little Bit Of Spring Romance

On the 23rd March 1952 my parents married in Twickenham. It had taken them eight years from their first date to reach that point. But their meeting has always struck me as the most romantic thing about them and as … Continue reading

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Dad’s Letters from Palestine – May to August 1947

    It has been a long time since I posted about my father’s time in Palestine after WW2. Here is the link to the tab above where the latest letters are copied. A lot has happened both for me … Continue reading

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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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Dad’s letters from Palestine – April to May 1946

14908385 Pte Desmond Le Pard of A Coy, 17th Battalion Parachute Regiment, M.E.F. is now in Palestine. He’s never been abroad before and, at not quite 20, is wide eyed and restless. His training has prepared him for an assault, first … Continue reading

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Dad’s Letters – January to March 1946

So this is it; Dad goes overseas. In this last in the series of the letters before he reaches Palestine, he goes training in Wales; is scathing about Brecon; tells us the winter of 45/46 was foul and wet; describes what … Continue reading

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