In glorious sunny early autumn weather Rye & District British Legion, led by the Branch President Col Anthony Kimber, visited Dunkirk and its hinterland to consider the May 1940 operations. Continue reading Rye British Legion At Dunkirk
1945 saw the end of World War Two. VE Day (victory in Europe) and
VJ Day (victory in Japan) came and went. Rye, along with towns all
over the country, licked it’s wounds, mourned its dead and rejoiced
in the return of many servicemen who had been away from their home
for as long as six years. Continue reading Rye 1946
HITLER’S SECRET WEAPON
Early June 1944 was an optimistic period for the people of Rye and England. Here on the southern coast great armies were massing in preparation for the invasion of Hitler’s Europe. Continue reading Rye at War
Rye at War
Part Two — In The Front Line
In August and September of 1940 Ryers had a grandstand seat for the greatest air battle in history, the “Battle of Britain” that was raging in the skies overhead.
The town suffered another serious bombing attack on October 9th, 1940 when 18 50 kilo bombs were dropped, doing extensive damage.
In September the invasion threat was at its height, it seemed certain that the Germans would attempt an invasion at any minute. With the idea in mind that a man would fight harder defending his own home town the Rye company of the Home Guard was allotted the positions on the town side of the river, along the Continue reading Rye at War – Part Two