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Chotie's daughter
Dorset, England
'Chotie', my mother, kept every letter from her sweetheart Richard ('Dicker') Williams - they tell their story of World War 2 in the time that it happened, 75 years ago.
Interests: the Home Front, WW2 in Dorset, Intelligence, 6th Dorset Regiment, 70th Dorset Regiment, 1st Air Landing Squadron, 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment, OCTU, 61st Reconnaissance Regiment, 52nd (Lowlands) Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, Battle of Normandy, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Battle of the Rhineland, the Rhine Crossing, Women’s Land Army in Purbeck, ATS Anti-Aircraft, Royal Artillery,
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Today we commemorate Victory in Europe remembering those who fought for our freedom (and don't we know what that means just now!), the celebrations and all those who lost their lives or loved ones. I've just had the lovely privilage of a chat with Eric Postles, a veteran of the 61st Reconniassance Regiment and a hero of this blog: Eric was transferred to the 49th Reconnaissance Regiment when 61st Recce disbanded in February 1945 , after fighting in the Ardennes (the Battle of the Bulge). He returned to the dreaded 'Island' between the Waal and the Rhine, where the front-line... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at Chotie Darling
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March 1945 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Chotie Darling
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February 1945 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2020 at Chotie Darling
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January 1945 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2020 at Chotie Darling
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December 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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November 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Chotie Darling
This year, The Royal British Legion is asking for communities across Britain to 'Remember Together' the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together in 1944. 75 years ago 61st Reconnaissance Regiment with the 50th (Northumbrian) Division joined 2 Canadian Corps. 2 Canadian Corps, under the leadership of their Commander, Lieutenant General Guy Simmonds, had spearheaded the British-Canadian advance from Caen to Falaise and then captured Dieppe, Boulogne, Calais and Ostend. Leading the First Canadian Army they had been heavily involved in the Battle of the Scheldt... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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October 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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Remnants of the British Expeditionary Force - 61st Reconnaissance history in the blog 'Chotie Darling' (real letters from a soldier in World War 2 first published 70 years after they were written). Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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September 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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August 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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July 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Chotie Darling
Hi Jean Because he's sitting down and wearing a beret I think it's likely that he's one of the trainers, not being trained. The badge on his beret appears to be a pale horizontal diamond on a round background surrounded by a dark circle (a bit like a target). Eric was being trained for Reconnaissance (at Catterick I think), which by then was in the Royal Armoured Corps (who wore black berets). WW2 Talk Forum are very good at answering this sort of question so might be more helpful. Kind regards Dee
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2019 on An introduction to Chotie Darling at Chotie Darling
Thanks Jean. I think the photo you refer to is of Eric brewer training at Catterick. I have asked his son Derek if there is any information on other members of the group with the photo.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2019 on An introduction to Chotie Darling at Chotie Darling
June 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Chotie Darling
Carentan and Caumont - history post in the blog 'Chotie Darling' (real letters from a soldier in World War 2 first published 70 years after they were written). Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Chotie Darling
An Unpleasant Sunday - Reconnaissance history in the blog 'Chotie Darling' (real letters from a soldier in World War 2 first published 70 years after they were written). Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Chotie Darling
Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane - history in the blog 'Chotie Darling' (real letters from a soldier in World War 2 first published 70 years after they were written). Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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6th June 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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May 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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April 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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March 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Chotie Darling
Thank you Robin. Do you know any more about him? Chotie's Daughter
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2019 on War Office Selection Board at Chotie Darling
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February 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Chotie Darling
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January 1944 from the blog 'Chotie Darling' - real letters from a soldier in World War 2, first published 70 years after they were written Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Chotie Darling