Voices of Hope

As a tribute to the late Dame Vera Lynn, we chart her career as the forces’ sweetheart, and look at other entertainers who risked all to raise spirits on the front lines

VERA LYNN IN HER ENSA UNIFORM IN 1941 (GETTY)

Sir Harry Secombe once said of Vera Lynn: “Churchill didn’t beat the Nazis, Vera sang them to death!” Like most successful humour, the comedian and singer’s words about his friend rang true – the wartime voice of Lynn was a powerful weapon.

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