This week we will be hearing from Gracies fans and how she changed their lives.
"I remember being in a funk hole just outside Calais, we had been bombarded by the Germans for fifteen hours and most of us were near the point of giving in. Suddenly, a voice floated across the town toward us, it was Gracie Fields singing "Sally" I listened for two minutes and decided to surrender, pleading with the Germans to take me to Berlin. Still, you got to laugh".
Private: Vernon Marshal: Royal Logistics Corps. 1942 Calais
"Me and John Pease were behind enemy lines, I suppose we were the first SAS. Our brief was to knock off a Gerry ammo dump near Minden. We got to the target in the early hours of the morning.
John and I dug in and waited for the Krauts to quieten down. They were having a bit of a shindig so we thought they would be out for the count when we struck. As we settled down, we could hear them laughing and crying, then, we heard Gracie. Even as I talk about it now, I can see the pain on John's face, he was finished, what could I do? It was either an hour of "Our Gracie" or walking into the camp and giving ourselves up. We turned it in, the Germans felt sorry for us.
Lance Corporal: Ben Gun: Royal Marines. 1942 Ludz
I vos in zer trench an zer engerlander vos sending der shells mit der loud bang. Christmas time it vos an zer good vill to unt all men. But no! Zer Tommy plays der musak of zer devil unt drive us over zer edge! Vee hunds up mit der surrender! It vos ein Gracie! Vee von der football thoe".
Heinrich Bolshot: 1st Panzer Div Infantry. 1943 Arhnem.
In or next issue, we will be hearing from the Japanese pilots that played Gracies music while engaged in the battle of Midway and why so many of them did not return.
Mrs Fongle Fangle