More Battle of the Atlantic


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As we draw closer to the first Sunday in May, the date we remember the Battle of the Atlantic, I’d like to share a few memories of those dreadful times. I grew up living in Belfast and London and both cities were visited by the Luftwaffe blitz campaign. The little things that we tend to forget are nevertheless important parts of why we depended on the convoys. Without the constant supply of the necessities of life provided by the brave sailors running the U Boat gauntlet, we would have starved. As a child I was always told to have a piece of paper with me when I went out. Can you guess why??paper was so scarce if you needed the toilet you would need that piece of paper! no toilet paper in the public toilets. People saved everything, if we received a brown paper parcel we saved the paper and the string to reuse later. Tea leafs were reused so many times making tea that it eventually became just hot water. In schools we were not allowed to use pencil sharpeners as they wasted too much of the pencil. Usually the teacher would carefully sharpen the pencils with a tiny knife. However, we often didn’t need the pencil because we had no paper to write on. I didn’t know what a banana or orange was until after the war. Even into 1947 sweets and candies still required ration stamps to purchase. Ice cream? what was that, I believed eggs, milk, and potato’s all came as a powder, and meat was called spam. Probably doesn’t sound like a big deal today, but believe me it was a very big deal. Without those supplies I may not be writing this blog today, or perhaps I’d be writing it in German. So folks please remember those brave sailors in a prayer on Sunday May 5th. The Battle of the Atlantic will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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