Remembering Britain's Forgotten Allies
Across the world this weekend people will gather to remember the countless number who lost their lives in the Second World War, both civilian and military. Very few who fought are still living, and those that remain are almost exclusively over 90 years of age. The war years saw a million acts of enormous bravery and sacrifice, many never acknowledged. One chapter particularly overlooked in the UK is the campaign in Myanmar (Burma). Thousands of men and boys from across the country joined the British Army, Navy and Air Force to fight for another King and Country.
Now, more than 70 years on, many surviving veterans live in poverty, and their wartime service remains largely unacknowledged by the country they risked everything for.
This year, we’re embarking on our own act of remembrance through a new documentary project - Forgotten Allies. You can view a short trailer here.
It’s the story of phenomenal bravery against the odds, in a country where the world’s major powers fought a brutal battle for supremacy which divided the people of Burma against each other.
It’s a reminder too that while in the UK today we commemorate victory and peace, the war here in Myanmar is still being fought today.