Swansea Museum launches the finale to its WW2 DVD

The DVD series, set to be available from Saturday, includes interviews with local people who either lived during the conflict or were affected by it. The whole series includes over 70 interviews.
 
 
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Dec. 12, 2013 - PRLog -- FROM the arrival of American GIs to the street parties of VE Day in 1945, a new DVD all about Swansea in the Second World War is being released.

The DVD series, set to be available from Saturday, includes interviews with local people who either lived during the conflict or were affected by it. The whole series includes over 70 interviews.

SwanseaMuseum is behind the DVD with support from CREATE, Swansea’s Mental Health Service, who contributed to its creation, delivery and development.

The DVD, the third and final part of the Swansea and World War Two series, is the culmination of a three-year research and production process.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The Second World War had a major impact on Swansea – whether it was local people who left to fight on foreign battlefields or families who braved the onslaught of the three-night blitz and other German bombings, many thousands were profoundly affected.

“But what’s incredible is that, despite the unimaginable hardships, you still hear compelling stories from people who survived the war about heroism, camaraderie and community spirit. We need to do be doing all we can to capture this key period of Swansea history to preserve these stories and recollections for generations to come before it’s too late.

“Credit should go to museum staff and everyone at CREATE who contributed to this important project.”

CREATE stands for Community Rehabilitation Employment Assessment Training Enterprise. They offer a range of services, which include IT training, personal development, educational courses, employment services, vocational advice and guidance.

Boxing legend Rocky Marciano was among the American GIs stationed in Wales during World War Two. When out and about on Wind Street in Swansea, the heavyweight got involved in a fight with an Australian serviceman at the Adelphi pub. It’s believed the Australian taunted the young boxer for not drinking alcohol and Marciano responded by knocking him flat out.

The three-night blitz of February 1941 saw the Luftwaffe unleash over 1,200 high explosive bombs and 56,000 incendiary devices over Swansea. More than 850 properties were destroyed and 230 people were killed.

The DVD will be available for sale from December 14 in Swansea Museum’s shop. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm.

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