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midway
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29/09/2014 : 18:14:54      reply with quote


A Silsden resident has delved into the past to bring to light the town's important but little-known contribution to the Second World War.

Joseph Rogers, 81, has written "Soldiers in Silsden 1939-45", a pictorial history of the area's role as a training and preparation zone.

In his preface to the 97-page book, Mr Rogers, who is himself a former soldier, said it was uncertain why Silsden was chosen to be an operational army base.

However, he said the presence of a railway line for shifting heavy military vehicles and the nearby secluded moors for training exercises could well have been deciding factors.

Among the information included in his book is evidence of kerbside damage in Silsden caused by tank tracks - some of which is still visible today.

The book explains how Silsden - along with other parts of Yorkshire's West Riding - played an important part in hosting troops who would go on to liberate Europe in 1944-5.

The town was home to a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers workshop, which arrived in early 1943.

Its personnel looked after a range of armoured vehicles, including tanks.
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29/09/2014 : 18:55:18      reply with quote


www.amazon.co.uk/Soldiers-Silsden-1939-45-Involvement-Yorkshire/dp/0955606497/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412013111&sr=8-1&keywords=soldiers+in+silsden
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29/09/2014 : 19:09:42      reply with quote


The question now is, has anybody local got a copy i could read? please.
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29/09/2014 : 19:41:32      reply with quote


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TIKETY BOO That midway but you should try and get out a little more often. Here is one you could start with that may interest you, Have a trip out to saint john street and see if you can find the curb stones that were chipped by the tanks during the 2nd world war, You will know which were caused by the tank tracks as they are evenly spaced about a foot apart if you enjoy that think about somthing a little more adventurous and get your self up wind gate nick and see if you can find some wreckage from the Mosquito that crashed up there as i did some years ago THAT'S JUST A TESTER FROM UNCLE FESTER
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29/09/2014 : 19:55:28      reply with quote


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The question now is, has anybody local got a copy i could read? please.
One here Midway but looks very expensive.

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Joseph-Rogers-David-Rogers-Soldiers-in-Silsden-1939-45-A-History-of-Military-/161424160721?pt=Non_Fiction&hash=item2595a137d1
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29/09/2014 : 20:38:02      reply with quote


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The question now is, has anybody local got a copy i could read? please.
Try looking in the library - the local section
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02/10/2014 : 19:46:39      reply with quote


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Well i got the Book or should i say Books,that's( Soldiers in Silsden 1939--45) and ( Civilians in Silsden 1939--45 ) how i came about them is due entirely to Hillbilly, and perhaps fate. During a house clearance he was undertaking,and while helping the customer carry boxes to his car he spotted the book i was wanting. It transpired the customer David Rogers son of Joseph Rogers ( now deceased ) had traveled from London to finalize the house clearance. My thanks and gratitude to Hillbilly for his help in acquiring the books, and the opportunity to meet the son of the author. We asked David if he would enquirer at Twiggs to stock the remaining copies. Well i did upload a picture of David Rogers, on this forum upload facility, don't we use it now?
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02/10/2014 : 22:55:58      reply with quote




Not difficult to put pictures on here when you know how.... see
www.silsden.net/forum/philboard_read.asp?id=6934
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05/10/2014 : 17:05:52      reply with quote


If anyone would like a copy of eather of the books they are now avalable at Twiggs paper shop for 9.99 each
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