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We capture the personal recollections of our armed service veterans so that their legacy of bravery, sacrifice and suffering can live on.

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Sydney Adlam

Sydney Adlam was a member of the Auxiliary Unit. They were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers.

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Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell was interviewed when Legasee visited the RNBT’s Pembroke House in Gillingham. She provides a fascinating interview about her life as a child in the war. She was 11 years old when w...

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Muriel Joy

An ARP - Air Raid Precautions warden from WW2

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Len Hurst

Len Hurst was working with Southend Airways when the Berlin Airlift started. He gives an interesting perspective on the largest humanitarian airlift of all time.

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Tiger Moth Reunion

Former Spitfire Pilot Brian Bird heads back to the aerodrome where it all started.

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Chatham Memorial

100 years to the day that three Chatham Port Division Cruisers were sunk, the people of Kent gather to remember them.

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Jim Radford

Britain’s youngest D-Day veteran, Jim Radford, was just 15 years old when he joined the war effort as a galley boy on a deep sea rescue tug. Here Jim tells us how his experiences at Normandy ins...

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Normandy service

The final act of service by the Normandy Veterans Association. The laying up of their standard was an emotional day for many of the veterans who....

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St Edmunds School

Lovely film of the day when Brian Bird went back to his old school to share some of his experiences as an RAF Spitfire pilot. It seemed appropriate...

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Noreen Riols

Norren found herself working as an SOE 'honey trap'. In her interview she provides some fascinating detail about how she carried out her work...

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Mavis Batey

Mavis Batey was a Bletchley Park codebreaker whose Enigma breakthrough proved crucial to the success of D-Day.

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Paddy Sproule

Paddy Sproule provides an excellent interview about her time the FANY. It was time well spent, in September 1943.

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Gill Lewis

Despite coming from a Naval background, Gill was mad about cars and as soon as she was able she passed her test and joined the FANY.

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Ann Bonsor

Ann Bonsor was a Wireless operator at SOE's 'Massingham' base in Algeria. Her job was to communicate with agents working behind the lines

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Betty Norton

As part of their training, Betty used to have to try to lose a tail!

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Elvira Burbeck

Elvira Burbeck gives an enlightening interview about her service as a FANY. She operated out of Massingham and Italy.

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Michael Meller

Michael Meller worked as a laboratory technician helping on the trials of High-frequency direction radio. It was also known as Huff-Duff.

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Margaret Pawley

Margaret Pawley  spent her time in Egypt and Italy helping to code and decode messages.

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Barbara O’Connell

Barbara O' Connell worked at SOE's secret 'Massingham' base in Algeria. Getting there mean't she was at risk of U-boat attack.

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Pauline Payne

Pauline Payne worked at a number of SOE radio stations in Britain. Her job was to keep in touch with agents working behind the lines in Europe

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Elizabeth Ward

Elizabeth Ward talks about her journey to become a member of the FANY, including details of her previous career and her training in tele printing.

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Moyra Smiley

Moyra Smiley grew up in Kenya and was educated in Europe. In these films she talks about her life in the FANY.

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Eileen Simpson

Eileen Simpson provides a fascinating interview about her time as an SOE Fany at Norgeby House in London.

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Lise de Baissac

Lise Villameur (née de Baissac), was one of the first two female agents to be parachuted into France by SOE in WWII. Her bravado and character shine through in this wonderful interview conducted by t

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Doreen Page

Doreen Page worked in Hut 8 at Bletchley Park as a German translator.

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Bob Moloubier

Bob Maloubier was a world renowned saboteur and weapons trainer in the SOE. He provides a fantastic account of his service.

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Joan Taylor

Joan Taylor [nee Tapp] was an WTS FANY (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry) with the SOE. She worked as a wireless operator...

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Legasee is one of the first consolidated attempts to document the war-time experiences of men and women who have served their country.  While remembrance ceremonies and battle anniversaries are regularly reported on TV,  this coverage rarely focuses on veterans’ personal experiences for more than a few seconds and is of limited value as an educational tool or a record of individual achievement. Legasee aims to cover military life in much more depth by focusing on personal stories and viewpoints. If you think this work is important, please consider a donation. PLEASE DONATE NOW