Dark September


I used my good friends book title for my blog today. “Dark September” by Brendan G O’Brien. It is an alternate history tale of the Second World War. For me, September 1939 was a very dark time in our history. On the 1st September German troops invaded Poland, the British Government gave them an ultimatum to withdraw immediately. The Germans had until 11am on the 3rd September to reply, when no response was received we were at war once again with Germany. I was just 9 months old on the 3rd September and had no concept or understanding of what the next six years of my life would be like. War changed the lives of many, many young men and women lost their lives, many more never recovered from their injuries. It was indeed dark times, shortages of everything, the dreadful bombings and loss of life at sea left the British population on the edge of starvation for many months. By 1941 I was beginning to realize how frightening war could be living through the Belfast blitz. Wearing a gas mask, being cold and hungry, terrified by the noise of explosions and buildings collapsing. By June 1941 I along with my brother and sister were evacuated to the country. How strange my feelings are today, remembering and looking back to those dark times 80 years ago. However, how very grateful I’m to have survived and to be alive to appreciate the good fortune of my long life. 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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