General The Lord Richards endorses 'Forgotten Allies'!
Former Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces and current Deputy Grand President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, David Richards, General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, GCB, CBE, DSO, DL, has endorsed our documentary project 'Forgotten Allies'. As a veteran himself and former head of the British Armed Forces, General Lord Richards knows all too well the sacrifices serving personnel have to make in defence of their country as well as the strong need for support after their service ends. Here's what he had to say:
“Victory over Japan in Burma came at a terrible cost to the British, Indian and African forces who fought in the XIVth Army. There were of course the Burmese themselves who in great numbers fought shoulder to shoulder in this great Commonwealth Army of Nations. After the war ended the XIVth Army eventually sailed home but the Burmese peoples who fought for us remained behind. Burma, on independence elected not to join The Commonwealth and the citizens of the country did not benefit as those who are part of The Commonwealth continue to do. Few people know of the sacrifices made by these staunchest of Allies and even fewer are in a position to help. These veterans and widows of the Burma Campaign, residing in the various States throughout Burma, are now in their 90s and few are still with us. The Royal Commonwealth Ex Services League, in partnership with Help for Forgotten Allies, delivers welfare support to as many as we can. This film is important because it draws attention to the plight of those who fought proudly for The British Crown in the cause of freedom and to whom we owe much.”
Since being founded in 1921, the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League has aimed 'to ensure that no pre-independence Commonwealth ex-service man or woman shall be without help if in need'.
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