I’m Paul Cheall, the son and editor of my late father Bill Cheall’s second world war memoirs, Fighting Through From Dunkirk to Hamburg. Since Dad's memoirs were published, I've been in contact with the families of several of his former comrades. The amazing amount of original, unpublished WW2 material I've been sent inspired me to produce a podcast to share with the whole world what these brave men, women and boys went through. I've got letters home, anecdotes, memoirs, battles, photographs, interviews with veterans ... the lot. There's comedy, drama, poignancy and tragedy in abundance.
My mother, Anne, has a degenerative eye disease and can no longer read - but she delights in listening to my podcasts which I download onto a disc for her and which she listens to again and again. So I hope I am playing some small part in bringing this rare history to an audience who would otherwise so often be the last to hear it. And I know my Mum's own wartime experiences will inspire at least one future podcast episode!
Bye bye now,