Barrie Brooke: Anzac Day 2020

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Hear from veterans, their loved ones and those on the home front about their most unforgettable memories of wartime.


Intro: Anzac Day 2020, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Mat McLachlan: I'm Mat McLachlan. On Anzac Day, we remember all Australians who have served our country. Official Second World War history records Victory in Europe – or VE Day – as May the 8th, 1945. But ex-Prisoner-of War of the Germans, Barrie Brooke, who was in London at the time, had his own version of history.

Barrie Brooke: VE minus 1 – which was May the 7th – was the day everybody knew the war was over and expected it to be announced. On that day. That was really the day the war ended.

Everybody went mad. Everybody was dancing in the streets and jumping up on the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus and on Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, and generally running around and kissing everybody.

And in the process, they drank London dry – because the next day, on the real VE Day, the hardest thing in the world was to get a drink in London. There wasn't a pub that had anything to serve.

Music: As the barman says sadly, the pubs got no beer.

Outro: Anzac Day 2020. Remembering all Australians who served our country. Lest we forget.

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