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Second World War documentary series commissioned by UKTV History, remembering the unsung heroes of World War II from Land Army girls to the evacuees, and even enemy prisoners all pulled their weight in the effort to feed a nation at war. Narrated by Nimmy Marsh.
Episode Six: The Underground Army
This episode gives an insight in to the men who as youngsters became 'Bevan Boys', the forgotten soldiers of the Second World War who had to wait until 2008 to be recognised by their country. Many of these youngsters had set their hearts on fighting for their country only to be disappointed that they were conscripted not to the armed forces but the coal mines. With a shortage of labour in the mining industry, Minister of Works Ernest Bevan conscripted 60,000 young lads to replace experienced miners away at war. With no way of avoiding the concription these forgotten workers were forced to gain experience on the job in a industry that one person died a day through accidents. To add to the indiginty these young boys were often seen a cowards because they were out of uniform even though government looked upon them recruits.
Production credit - Testimony Films for UKTV History/ITV
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