Anniversary News

Up and down the country, we are celebrating 75 Years Of Service for the Army family. Take a look at our latest news.

3rd October 2019

75 Years Of Service: 1944 – 2019

  It is February 1944 and the tide of the Second World War is beginning to turn. In Burma, the Allies thwart the Japanese offensive. In France, Allied aircraft breach the walls of Amiens prison, securing the release of 258 French Resistance and political prisoners. And in Germany, Joseph Goebbels takes the unusual step of … Continued

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25th September 2019

Our History: September, NAAFI and Operation Market Garden

As we mark our 75th anniversary, we are looking back at the penultimate year of the Second World War and the circumstances surrounding our founding. This time, we tell the story of Operation Market Garden – the doomed Allied attempt to establish a crossing over the Rhine in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, in London, the NAAFI … Continued

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15th August 2019

Our History: August and Joseph Connor in Normandy

As we approach our 75th anniversary in August, we are looking back at the penultimate year of the Second World War and the circumstances which led to our founding.

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14th August 2019

The Soldiers’ Charity launches anniversary podcast series

Today marks the launch of our first ever podcast series: “Conversations.” The five-episode series, introduced by Lorraine Kelly, explores themes from camaraderie and family life to injury, bereavement and resettlement. Our listeners will hear how life in the British Army has evolved over our 75 years of service – as told by some of the … Continued

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28th May 2019

Our History, 1944: May and The Cryptic Tale of the D-Day Crossword Panic

  As we approach our 75th anniversary in August, we are looking back at the penultimate year of the Second World War and the circumstances which led to our founding. This time, we examine the cryptic tale of the D-Day crossword panic, where top-secret codenames creation to D-Day appeared in the Telegraph crossword. Meanwhile, Winston … Continued

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24th May 2019

Tales From 1944

On 6th June 1944, an Allied force of 156,000 troops converged on the Normandy coastline, landing on the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. This mass operation of air, land and sea involved months of meticulous planning, a fog of secrecy and the bravery of every soldier involved. D-Day, and the Normandy campaign … Continued

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