By Raymond Itterbeek – Comète In spite of the existence of the Treaty of Non-Aggression, German troops invaded Belgium on the 10th May 1940. The Belgian army tried valiantly to


Very few people will have heard of The Airmen’s Memorial Primary School at Ewasse Village, in the Bialla District, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, but for the people of

PG 49 –  FONTANELLATO, ITALY –  60 Years on

1943-2003  Recalled by the late Ian English MC+ 2bars It was in May 2002, during The San Martino Freedom Trail, which was based on the Europa Hotel in Sulmona, that

A Jersey Escape

Jack Douay MBE In the early days of the war, as in all the later ones, fate played an important role in favouring an escape, or bringing it to an

Le Rhone

HMS Fidelity WW2 created many anomalies, mysteries and intrigues amongst the unusual organisations, agencies, individuals, Special Forces and private armies that evolved at that time. Records have been engulfed by

Jungle Escapes

Burma The priority in WW2 was Europe, and regrettably those who fought in the jungles of Burma considered themselves the ‘Forgotten Army’. Their task was tough, not only did they


ICI LONDRES was the BBC life line to our friends in occupied Europe. Helpers, Resistants and SOE agents would huddle around their covert radio sets in the evenings, expectantly awaiting their


Freda Moggridge The story I am about to tell covers a period of nearly 18 months, from my flight from Paris in June 1940 until my arrival in Spain at

Spain’s “Historic Memory” and Links with WWII

Geoff Cowling  HM Consul General Barcelona 2002/5 (retired)   In October 2007, the Spanish Parliament passed a controversial law “to recover Spain’s historic memory”, specifically aimed at researching and commemorating events

Donald Darling

MI9 ESCAPE Lines 1940 – 1947 There were many unsung heroes in WW2, working unseen to help the Allied cause. People who quietly, secretly and in personal danger assisted allied


Elizabeth Harrison Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found themselves as involuntary guests of the Third Reich as POWs, and the Military Intelligence Services were looking for ways and

The Late Arrivals Club

Rog Stanton  The Late Arrivals Club was formed in Cairo in 1941 by Sqn Ldr George Houghton who, in a PR story, wrote about evaders and referred to an aircrew

The Last Post

Rog Stanton In years gone by the British Army relied on a system of bugle calls for communication. Each soldier had to identify all calls otherwise he was in danger

Dentist to the SOE

When ELMS members Clare and Steve Campbell were invited to visit the Hunterian Museum, a medical museum, in Holborn, London, where their friend Sam is Director, they had not bargained

Tangled Web

Newsletter No21 By Elizabeth Harrison This is the story of three generations of Frenchmen in the Lebé family from St Girons in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Andre Lebé is the curator