In this year when so many people are remembering the start of the Great War and the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, may I remind folks of another anniversary?
It is 60 years since British and American troops vacated Trieste and handed the city over to the Italians. Many people do not realise that Allied soldiers occupied the city of Trieste at the top of the Adriatic Sea from the end of World War Two in 1945 until November 1954. Although this was a pleasant place to be stationed, it had to be remembered that it was at the southern end of the Iron Curtain and a potential flash point between the West and the East across the Yugoslav border.
I belong to the BETFOR Association (British Element Trieste Force) which exists for the comradeship of ex-Trieste veterans. It is a very relaxed organisation. (It has to be – we are all over 80!). The subscription is £10 a year. We keep in touch by a quarterly journal and annual reunions at different places in the UK, plus occasional trips back to the city of our youth.
If any of your readers are BETFOR veterans and are interested in joining us, please contact me and I will introduce them for membership.
Suilven, Ellingham. Chathill,