It sometimes happens that when I post a story on to a website I get the odd response that says, in effect, “How the hell can you remember such detail and, in particular, how can you be so sure of your dates”. I rush to explain. My first foray into print was in the Goldstein Family book that was first privately published in 1988 under the title of “And then there were eleven”. The title referred to the fact that my father and mother had borne eleven children and the book, edited by my oldest sister, was an effort to place on record individual stories of the surviving eight children up to the outbreak of WW2. BBC - WW2 People's War - One family, Five Sons, All Serving in H.M.Forces For my portion of this epic I wrote mostly about my wartime experiences as that period was freshest in my mind and this was to form the basis of most of my subsequent wartime stories. My original source book was the eponymous “Army Album” http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/67/a2612567.shtml I’m sure that I was not alone in starting an Army Album at the end of the war. Mine was created in 1946 whilst I was stationed at Opicina just outside Trieste. Here I found myself with lots of spare time and plenty of memorabilia that I had accumulated over the preceding 4 years so, presto, I had an album. Ron Goldstein's Actual Army Album There were of course lots of snaps and postcards, there were the inevitable Army passes to visit such exotic places as Sienna, Florence and Rome. There were propaganda leaflets, currency, and handbills for the local ENSA show, route cards and maps. Here was an arm band of the Afrika Corps, there was an Order of the Day, issued by Field Marshal Alexander, expressing his gratitude to his troops for clearing Italy of the last Nazi aggressor. Here was a page full of programmes of shows I saw on my first leave back in England, and there was an Italian song sheet. Here was a picture taken after the war of my Sgt.Major, Busty Thomas M.M. in his role as Beefeater at the Tower of London, I took my wife and children to meet him and we were given a private tour of the Tower. There is five years of memories pasted into this book and it’s already been re-bound once. There were two years of diaries to stick in, although I stupidly selected the ones that seemed to capture the mood of the time and pasted them (yes, I said stupidly) into the album so that I could not read the underside! Whilst on the point of diaries, originally I had four, starting in 1942 on my call-up. Due to the many moves I was to make over the years, the years ’42 and ’43 were lost forever and I had to rely on my memory and friend’s diaries for salient dates. I transcribed as many readable pages of my 1944 and 1945 diaries as I could and set about getting my dates “right”. Once I got involved in computing I was able to locate the Regimental Diaries of both of the units in which I had served, namely the 49th Light Ack Ack Rgt, RA and the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars. In October 2003 I started posting articles on to the BBC WW2 website and until the site closed for further postings in February 2006 had managed to post one hundred stories which included some that I had posted on behalf of others. My final source of reference are my Army Records http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/00/a2098000.shtml This proved to be an Alladin’s Cave of undisputed accuracy and a wonderful way of checking dates and locations. And that, my friends, is how I manage to remember things in detail A full "interactive" index of the BBC WW2 stories is now given below. An asterisk (*) denotes that the story is about, or was posted on behalf of someone else, other than Ron. Day Leave in Rome Not My Worst Night, By Any Means: A Young Soldier in North Africa Diary Entries 11th April 1945 One family, Five Sons, All Serving in H.M.Forces The War Ends in Italy, 2nd May 1945 Running a Staging Camp in Germany, August 1945 Training To Be A Driver/Wireless Operator Danke Herr Mix! My Welcome Home A Driver/Op in Light Ack Ack Getting your Army Records Ron's Grand Tour Trieste, October 1945 to January 1947 Early Army Days, October 1942 Two Weeks in Dock in Naples and Not a Wound to Show for it! Monte Cassino, March to May 1944 German Propaganda Leaflets What did you eat in the War, Daddy? Joining the 4th Queen's Own Hussars VE Day, As Seen from a Field near Venice The Day My Brother Mick Nearly Killed Me Sicily, Then On To Italy Not My Worst Night, by Any Means - a Young Soldier in North Africa Waiting to be called up Keeping a Diary in Wartime: 4th Queen's Own Hussars in Italy and the 49th LAA in Egypt The Day I Should Have Died: 4th Queen's Own Hussars in Italy The 78th Div Goes to Egypt to Re-Train and Re-Form Life in Wartime Austria: 4th Queen's Own Hussars July to August 1945 Day Leave in Rome Transformation from Gunner to Trooper Army Transport Stick it in your Army.....Album! The First Post-War New Years Eve, December 31, 1946 * Jack Nissenthall- The VC Hero Who Never Was: Part 2 * No.3 (Jewish) Troop, No.10 Commando * Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 1 * Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 2 * Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 3 * Two Jewish Heroines of the SOE Part 4 * A Jewish Hero in the SOE Part 1 * A Jewish Hero in the SOE Part 2 * Jack Nissenthall - The VC Hero Who Never Was (Part 1a) * Jack Nissenthall - The VC Hero Who Never Was (Part 1b) 1939-1947, an ‘interesting’ experience and my 15 minutes of fame. Riots in Trieste, circa October 1945 Day Leave in Alexandria Charlie 4 Is Not Answering My Signals Getting the facts right Dive Bombing in Italy - A Memory Confirmed Collapsible beds Keeping Clean on Active Service New Years Day 1944, Snowed in at Carovilli Images of Wartime, 1939-1946, Ron Goldstein's personal collection Ice cold…. But NOT in Alex ! Gunner Burnard and the Brigadier Return to Cassino German ‘Tip and Run Raiders’ over Hove in 1943 Cambridge and Bethnal Green Boy's Club, The club that produced heroes Lt.Whitfield's directing debut Ron Goldstein’s War — A month at a time * Jack Goulden and the prayer book that saved his back Commemoration Parade July 10th 2005 The St.John's Ambulance Brigade in WW2 Lt.Whitfield and the butterfly spring Trieste had its funny moments * Field Marshal Keitel's surrender Sweating on being released Churchill and Ron enjoy a meal together Victory Celebrations, 8th June 1946 A tribute to Edward Arthur Patman, known as ‘Pat’ Shows running in London during 1945 Keeping Pets in the Forces The correct height of Tank Drivers and the use of KRRS Childhood Commandeering billets in Italy Army Ration Allowance * Bernard Jaffa's Record of Service The infamous Demob Suit Dale Carnegie’s “Pursuit of Happiness”, courtesy of Stalag XVIII * Evacuated to Stoke Hammond Looking back to 1939 from the relative safety of 2005 * The day a V2 Rocket hit Tottenham Grammar School An Army Convoy On The Move in Italy Civil Police in Trieste during the unrest A postcard from Sicily, 3rd September 1943 Algiers, April 1943, Our first sight of Africa Sgt.Major Mick Goldstein, Royal Fusiliers and Jewish Brigade An unlikely Post War meeting A letter to an unknown researcher of the year 2056 More on German Propaganda leaflets * Henry Kaye, Flying Instructor The last page in my Army Album Trooper Tom Canning, a photo at last! Sgt.Jack Goldstein, RAF Bomber Command The infamous Burger Brau Keller in Munich Dining out in Guelma, North Africa, 1943 WW2 RESEARCH AND FORUMS AFTER THIS SITE CLOSES The photo in a serviceman's wallet * I'll never forget that day * The night our house was sliced in half ps In October 2009 I created a Photo Album of all my individual Army Record sheets and this can be found by clicking on my avatar name (see left) , select "View Public Profile" and finally "Ron's Army Records"