The unsung heroes who won the war

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of VE Day, a new TV series focuses on the lives of those who served in the Second World War. Executive producer Steve Humphries reveals why this generation was so special...

the streets of London on VE Day, 8 May 1945

This article was first published in the March 2008 issue of BBC History Magazine 

There is no doubt that the generation that lived and fought in – and survived – the Second World War has a claim to being one of the greatest generations in British history. These survivors are now in their 90s or beyond; they are our parents, our grandparents, our great-grandparents. And what they went through at comparatively young ages is difficult to appreciate more than 70 years on.

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