D-Day 70: Films give insight into the home front

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MEMORIES of D-Day both at home and abroad were brought to life in short films.

As the sun went down, the crowds at Southsea Common watched a moving documentary called The Untold Chapter, telling of life on the home front, women’s roles and the futility of war.

The film was produced by young people from Pompey in the Community’s Respect Programme who have been part of the D-Day Museum’s Youth Advisory Board, working with Millstream Productions.

Later, there was a free screening of The Longest Day, a 1962 black and white war film.

Connor Isherwood-Lee, nine, from Fratton, said: ‘I am quite grateful to them, thinking what they have done.’

Zaratha Jenkins, 43, from Copnor, who came along with husband Stephen to watch the films, said: ‘We have lived our lives in relative peace.

‘You can’t imagine how terrifying it must have been for them.’

Janet Lee, 62, from North End, said: ‘I have a nine-year-old grandson who has learned so much in the last two days. He was absolutely mesmerised by it all.’

Betty Stanley, 72, and Harry Stanley, 84, from Basingstoke, said: ‘They did so much and asked for nothing in return.’