Eighth Army Veterans
City of Manchester
This is the homepage of the Eighth Army Veterans, City of Manchester. We are a cross section of all the individual forces who served in the Middle East, i.e. First Army, Eighth Army, Desert Air Force, Mediterranean Fleet and British Divisions which were with the American 5th Army in Italy.
The Eighth Army was a British & Commonwealth Force, formed in North Africa during 1942, where it fought and defeated the Afrika Korps. After the campaign in North Africa, the Eighth Army became heavily committed in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. Units were also withdrawn to take part in the D-Day invasion and campaigns throughout Northern Europe.
After the war, veterans from the Eighth Army organized Annual Reunions at the Royal Albert Hall. Then, in the late 1970s, the Eighth Army Veterans Association was formed. At the height of its membership, there were over 35 branches, with a particular strength in the North West. Reunions were held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Eventually, in 2002 the National Association disbanded. However, the Manchester Branch decided to continue, under the title of Eighth Army Veterans, City of Manchester. It has an active membership, who hold regular meetings and events. Its newsletter, "The Manchester Veteran", is still distributed to 300 ex-servicemen and women, or their dependents, and is a lively forum for the community it represents.
|This website is intended to reflect the history, composition and concerns of the membership and is organized as follows: -.|
|About Us||The Association and its Officers|
|Pen Portraits||Short Biographies of some of our Members|
|Ask Fred||FAQ and Enquiries. We welcome correspondence.|
|Library||Articles by Members and others|
|Remembrance||We remember them and hope you will do so too|
|Links||Places of interest that we recommend for a visit|
Copyright & Credits
If there are any errors on this website, they are the responsibility of the web editor. He would welcome any corrections and can be contacted via e-mail here.
The material on this website has been contributed and/or written for our membership. It should not be copied or reproduced elsewhere without our permission. Where we have used photographs or text belonging to anyone else, we have obtained their consent to do so and have endeavoured to include a clear credit. However, in some instances, the provenance and/or authorship of material in our possession is now simply impossible to trace. We have used such material only where we believe that it would be of interest and unlikely to cause objection. Do contact the web editor if you recognize that material we use does belong to anyone else or feel that a credit should be given.