I never really knew my grandparents, they died either when I was very young or before I arrived on the scene.
But a great uncle was one of the troops who liberated Belsen, he never really got over it.
My mum was only young at the time, but she still remembers the V-1 and V-2 attacks, (well the V-2 explosions, unlike the V-1 there was no warning of their approach).
Another relative was with the 14th Army in Burma.
My Grandmother on my dads side died in 1981, but she remembered the Battle of Britain, living right next to Northolt airfield, (where the Free Polish squadrons flew Hurricanes), one Hurricane, maybe damaged, only cleared her house by a matter of feet once!
My Dad's older Brother once had a propeller spinner from a crashed Hurricane, later he found a Colt .45 pistol, (lost by a US serviceman?), he handed it to a policeman.
Some relatives on my Mum's side were bombed out of the East End of London in 1940, they came to live with the rest of the family in Langley, Berkshire (right near a Hawker factory building Hurricanes!)
Mum remembers rationing, gas-masks, overcrowding, the blackout and people pulling together to help one another.
And of course the celebrations on VE
day in May 1945!
Recently my Mum found some old photos, of family members, one was of an uncle out with his girlfriend in London in 1940, in the background was a barrage balloon, the uncle was a sailor and in uniform, as were virtually all the other men in this photo taken on a crowded street.