John Sleep – Film 1In this, the first of 8 films, John talks about his early life and his initial call up to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He recalls very cold weather defending the East Coast in readiness for the German invasion. He then volunteers for the Paras .
John Sleep – Film 2John recalls his Para training. Although it was tough, it wasnt as tough as some of the jumps he did when he was one of small group of volunteers who were used to see how low the Paras could jump from an aircraft!
John Sleep – Film 3John is posted to a holding camp called Claycross where they continue their training. He then heads to North Africa as part of Operation Torch. Through the whole of North Africa, John never sees a German. Then he heads to Italy and meets Percy Popski and his private army. He stays in Italy until Christmas Eve 1943.
John Sleep – Film 4In Bari, John has to coerce some German POWs to work. He also recalls the Bari bombing and a terrifying night when an advancing army are making for their lightly defended positions. Its the Italians capitulating. Moving to June 1944 and John explains how his Normandy mission is scuppered. He teams up with the Royal Norfolks.
John Sleep – Film 5John talks in detail about his experiences of Normandy. Its an emotional account.
John Sleep – Film 6John moves into Holland and is involved in the Battle of Overloon?. Then hes off to Venry? He recalls the Moaning Minnies. AKA the Nebelwerfer.
John Sleep – Film 7John comes face to face with a German tank. Its to be the end of his war as John is blown up. He describes his injuries and subsequent convalescence.