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Reports on events, photographs, personal histories and reminiscences from members and families, about the Association, the Italian Campaign itself and its impact on history.

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Robert (Bob) Tong 1923 – 2014

Robert Cecil Tong 1923 -2014 Bob Tong 2 SAS, with no maritime skills to speak of, let alone a map, with only the instructions to…

The Loss of HMS Spartan 29th January 1944

    THE LOSS OF HMS SPARTAN 29th JANUARY 1944     At sunset on 29th January, the Luftwaffe began a glide bomb attack on the ships…

South African Branch – Royal British Legion

South African Branch – Royal British Legion Dedication of branch standard and Cassino Day parade – Sunday 10 May 2015   The Chairman and Committee…

Lt William Richard Watkins 1913 – 1944

Lt. William Richard Watkins 1913-1944 2nd Monmouthshire Regiment   William Richard Watkins was born at the family home in Bryngwn Road, Newport, Monmouthshire on 19th…

The Forgotten Army, Italy 1943-1945

    I have used the above heading as something that was used to describe the fighting that was going on in Italy during WW2;…

Barbara’s Bracelet

Barbara’s bracelet Returned after 71 years. In late April 2014 I was having a beer in my local discussing the latest arrangements for our villages…

Historical Summary by Graham Swain ESQ

Graham Swain Esq (deceased) 2/7 Battalion Queens Royal Regiment ‘The Black Cats’ The following summary was written by Graham Swain and found amongst the late…

Another journey down memory lane

Graham Swain Esq (deceased) 2/7 Battalion Queens Royal Regiment ‘The Black Cats’ Former National Membership Committee Secretary of the Italy Star Association 1943-1945 following a…