G'day everyone, With the recent anniversary of VJ Day I thought it might be relevant to create this thread given that as far as I know no forum members took part in WW2 and for that we should all be thankful. If we'd been born in a different generation many of us would have served our armed forces and some of us may never have returned home. Three members of my family saw action during WW2 and mercifully all of them survived. My Grandad was part of Bomber Command, one of his cousins was involved in the D Day landings and another served in the Merchant Navy and was torpedoed on one occasion. My oldest son is half German and on his Mothers side the picture is very different. Four brothers went to war and none of them came home. One died outside of Stalingrad, one was killed in the Ukraine, one lies at the bottom of the North Atlantic in an Iron Coffin aka U Boat and one died in Northern France. The bodies of the two brothers who died in the East were never returned but the fourth brother is at La Cambe war cemetry. None of the lads were members of the SS but all of them believed in Hitler and believed that they were doing the right thing. I'm aware that the German army did some terrible things in the USSR and those brothers might have been part of it but we will never know. And here I sit in our garden on a beautiful late summers evening. Kind regards, Richmond Commuter.