Welcome to Bodmin Keep War Stories!
A podcast series where we tell the intriguing and surprising stories behind the collection at Bodmin Keep.
Find out how ordinary soldiers played their part in some of the biggest conflicts of the last century, from the impact of war on everyday life, to tales of extreme courage and daring!
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Despite being a volunteer force, 5DCLI (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) took part in some of the fiercest and bloodiest battles of World War two in North-West Europe. We’ll hear verbatim from the diaries of some of the DCLI soldiers about their brave exploits. One was shot through the breast pocket but through remarkable luck, survived. Another, although small in stature, was large in spirit. And other 5DCLI men bore witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust, acting as guards during war crime trials after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.
We also hear from two more recent volunteer soldiers including a single mum for whom the experience of volunteering with the Territorial Army, transformed her life for ever.