trio by quietpurplehaze

trio

I was glad to find the interest in my dad's diaries in my V.E. Day post yesterday ( and to see the accompanying shot on PP, thank you). He and I both tried in vain to have his story published: not enough drama I guess. So to 'hijack' my 365 page for a few days is an opportunity I cannot resist:

9th MAY 1945

"I’m afraid the Russians didn’t live up to that first day, but of course they were front line troops and those who followed in their wake were looting and committing all sorts of terrible crimes. The same night, they invaded the wine cellars in the town square and all night we heard shots and shouts. Our safest place was, obviously, inside the factory! I had a sound sleep that night as I was very fatigued by the marching I had done."

"The next day, Wed 9-5-45, Bill and I ventured out down to the square. On the way, we saw a couple of S.S. who had fought to the last. One had a bullet hole in the dead centre of his forehead and I thought then the Russians don’t make mistakes with shooting. We saw signs of a small battle, one or two German vehicles were in ruins. There were Russian sentries with tommy guns on the road and the town hall had been taken over as headquarters."

"Outside the door was a Russian girl on guard with fixed bayonet and judging by the way she was grasping the rifle she knew how to use it. She had a uniform on similar to our A.T.S. but not nearly so smart."

from the WW2 diaries of
Bertram Haig Martin, Gunner 943454 - Royal Artillery - 67th Medium Regiment.

©SWWEC

p.s. I found my trio of dandelions growing at the kerbside in our road.
Great detail and focus. Enjoyed the diary extracts.
May 9th, 2016  
A pretty yellow flower in the background, and the charming fluff of it at the front.
May 9th, 2016  
Haven't caught up with your VE day post, but have appreciated this story.
May 9th, 2016  
Beautiful subject today
May 9th, 2016  
Lovely detail composition and colour Hazel, also thanks for the continuation of dads diary, posses two questions has it been published or just typed out, I'm sure the Imperial War Museum would love a copy for their Soldiers Diary Section:)
May 9th, 2016  
The three stages are captured so nicely Hazel :)
May 9th, 2016  
@mcwily

Thank you. The V.E. day post was just yesterday in my 2nd album. More 'hijacking' to come in this album in the next few days.......
May 9th, 2016  
@pcoulson

I edited and word processed all 46,000 words and have had a few copies printed for families and friends. Saved on pc and disk obviously. Attempts at publishing failed. I did find a publisher {WW2 veteran himself} but he withdrew - all too much I think. The originals are now lodged with the 2nd World War Experience Centre in Leeds and Imperial War Museum have a copy of them on microfiche. My dad, in his 60s, also did an interview for IWM in which he was able to speak about experiences, such as Dresden, which he had never been able to articulate or write about before.
May 9th, 2016  
great capture - but oh those dairy stories are marvelous :) Keep them coming!
May 9th, 2016  
Another great instalment of your Dad's war stories. I would love to have read the whole thing, such a shame you couldn't get it published.
May 9th, 2016  
Wonderful story and the image of the stages of the dandelion seem to relate to the story.
May 9th, 2016  
Bep
Love your dandelions. Your Dad's diary is very interesting.
May 9th, 2016  
Wonderful capture, details
May 9th, 2016  
Diary extracts are amazing and a great picture
May 9th, 2016  
Lovely dandelion shot, Hazel. Your Dad's diary is a real treasure. Thanks for sharing :)
May 9th, 2016  
Beautiful capture. Dandelions are really flourishing this year.
May 9th, 2016  
A lovely capture - they seem to be in abundance this year !!
May 9th, 2016  
Lovely capture and alwys reminds me of, He loves me, he loves me not as you blow the seeds away.
May 9th, 2016  
Stunning picture. Congratulations on making the Trending Page. Well deserved.
May 9th, 2016  
Wonderful...Fav
May 9th, 2016  
Very interesting account, also that the Russians used female combatants. Great story, and so pleased the diaries are archived for future reference. Fav The dandelions also seem so appropriate in there sequence.
May 9th, 2016  
Have you considered self publishing through a venue like Amazon? That's how I had my books published.
May 9th, 2016  
Really detailed.
May 9th, 2016  
Lovely photo! Thank you for sharing your father's story with us. I wonder if you have tried offering it to a veterans group or historical society? I don't know what, if any, you have. I do know that it would be something the organizations here would consider a valuable gem.
May 9th, 2016  
Great shot of the three apperances of the Dandelions.
And thanks for continue the dairy story of you Dad.
May 9th, 2016  
i see your idea and trio haze
May 9th, 2016  
A great capture of the stages of a dandelion. Another interesting account in your Dads diary and history brought to life.
May 10th, 2016  
You might be able to self-publish it. That's what Maggie did with her mother's diary (@maggiemae you might have some good advice for Hazel). An ebook might work to- it's sort of an electronic print on demand. The only drawback to publishing this way is that you have to do most of your own promoting.

Nice capture of all the dandelion stages!
May 10th, 2016  
Very nice photo, curbside. Love to read you Dad's writings.
May 10th, 2016  
Thank you for sharing from his diary! Great trio shot!
May 10th, 2016  
Congratulations on making the PP. Well deserved.
May 11th, 2016  
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