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Behind Enemy Lines.

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Behind Enemy Lines Another day down that awful trench. The sound of machine gun fire, exploding shells and cries of pain were almost deafening. Private Joseph Brown was ready to face another day in this incipient hell. Brown was a young man when he joined the army, a mere 17 years old. He was a member of the 18th Paratrooper Brigade and a key part of it. During his four years of service, Brown had worked his way from a Private in the 6th Infantry Regiment to a very well trained Lieutenant in the 18th Paratrooper Brigade. Yet still, the young officers heart had always been devoted to his beloved fianc´┐Że, Mary Ann. The two were childhood sweethearts and had lived next door to each other in a London suburb for many years. Before joining the army Joseph had been a carpenters apprentice and Mary Ann was working as a cleaner in a boot shop. This love affair was to be shortly ended. To the couples despair they would be separated for many more years and may not have even seen each other again. 3rd September 1939. "Today, Adolf Hitler and His Nazi army have invaded the country of Poland. Britain have now declared war on the state of Germany!" This was the message echoing around the whole country on all radio stations. ...read more.

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The Paratrooper Brigade were positioned across France in different places. They were supported by normal soldiers and platoons. For just over a year this was were the men remained doing very little important work. On 23rd December the men were ordered back to England by Winston Churchill himself. The time had come for the 18th Paratrooper Brigade to play their part in the war. The regiment was needed for an extremely important mission to capture an airfield. This airfield was the main place were all German invasions started from. The men were transported to a secret RAF airfield. Their, awaited them a barrage of B52 transport aircraft ready for take off. Before leaving on their mission the men were briefed by Commandant Edwards who told them what they are required for. "Right Men, now comes the time for you to put what you have learnt into action. At 1800 hours you will leave on a two hour journey to France. There you will meet up with French underground leaders who will inform you of the local area and the rest of your mission. Next you will proceed to a city called Bordeaux and be parachuted in. We have been informed that there will be a small number of German Troops surrounding the city. Break down this resistance and then your main objective is to take control of the airfield. ...read more.

Conclusion

This would be were the four Lieutenants and Commandant Green would run the remainder of the operation. Days went on and small Nazi revolts could not break down the British defence. When the time finally came the reinforcements radioed in, "Delta 5. ETA 5 minutes. Requested air cover. Over" The Commandant returned their call and gave them clearance. The five minutes passed and as promised the reinforcements arrived. The following day more transport aircraft arrived to pick up the whole of the 18th Paratrooper Brigade. They were transported back to England. 7th November 1943. "We are victorious. Adolf Hitler has today surrendered his attempts to conquer Europe" This was the message echoing around the country. People were celebrating in the streets and rejoicing of the day's events. Joseph Brown was back at home living with his beloved wife, Mary Ann. The couple were happy together with their two adorable children. Joseph did not need anything else in his life. But there was just one more thing. The day after the war ended Brown received a letter through the post. It was from the Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He couldn't believe it, could his final wish be coming true. "Dear Lieutenant Joseph Brown, Due to your brilliant efforts in the Bordeaux conflict saving many lives, the British army would like to award you the George Cross for Loyalty and Bravery" Brown had got what he wanted, the armies highest honour The George Cross.coad adr seadadw orad adk inad foad ad. The End ...read more.

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