Compiled by SSAFA
story of 100-year-old Royal Engineers veteran Norman Lewis is just one of many in this beautifully illustrated book produced by the Armed Forces charity SSAFA to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Norman from Stoke was called up in May 1939 and sent to France the following year. On June 7, 1940, he was captured by the Germans after blowing up a bridge ten miles from Rouen. Lucky not to have been shot on the spot, he spent the remainder of the 1939-1945 conflict in a prisoner of war camp in Poland. Having miraculously survived five years of hardship and starvation, even though many of his friends did not, he was liberated by the Russians and able to return home to Stoke on April 1, 1945. He weighed little more than eight stone.