Military Dads wanted for BBC TV series on Fatherhood

The blog seems the quickest way to get a message out and about, so here goes.  I received this week a letter from Testimony Films asking us to publicise the following press release. If you can help or want to be involved with the documentary do contact Testimony films direct in Bristol at the address below.

The BBC is making a new TV series, looking at the way fatherhood has changed during the course of the last century. We want to talk to veterans of the Army, Navy or RAF who were, or were about to become, dads when they fought in the Second World War.

Although as a dad in the forces you had a duty to King and Country, it must have been incredibly difficult to leave your sons and daughters, or your pregnant wife behind when you went off to train and fight. How did you cope with that moment, knowing that you might never see your family again? And what was it like seeing them when you came home on leave?

And while youwere away, whether at homier abroad,^were~you able to rontact your family? Did the thought that you were fighting for their freedom keep you going, or did you have to try to forget all about them?

For those taken prisoner in the early part of the war, it must have been particularly hard -whether you were held in Germany or the Far East. Were you able to communicate with your family? And what happened when you were released?

For all dads in the military, homecoming must have been a joyous occasion. What was it like to see your family again? Did your children remember you? Was it hard to settle back into family life? Or were you one of those who faced the agony of receiving a ‘Deai John’ letter before the war ended?

We’d also love to hear from the children whose dad went off to fight – so if you’re in your sixties or seventies now, perhaps that’s a memory you have?

Whatever your story, please write to Pete Vance or Hazel Fearnley, Testimony Films, 12 Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RS; email pete.vance(a), or telephone 0117 9258589


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