An African French soldier (Troupes de Marine), most likely Senegalese is singled out to have his photograph taken with a Uhlan NCO and military official. Many of the Senegalese and other colonial troops were in the Troupes de Marine and were reported to have fought with incredible valour and great sacrifice.
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Cy Grant was born in Guyana, Central America. He came to Britain in 1941 to join the Royal air Force and was a commissioned office by 1943. He later became a Prisoner of War and later a TV personality. Cy Grant was born in Guyana, Central America. He came to Britain in 1941 to join the Royal air Force and was a commissioned office by 1943. He later became a Prisoner of War and later a TV personality.
One night , whilst returning from a bombing raid over Gelsenkirchen in Germany when his plane was shot down in Holland. Grant was lucky enough to escape with his life but two of his crew mates weren’t so lucky.
Grant was captured and taken to a POW camp. Due to the Russian advance, this camp was evacuated to another camp at Lukenwalde “- a vast complex with prisoners from all the allied forces”.
I recalled that shortly after my capture a photo of me taken after a period of solitary confinement -a common experience for new arrivals at a camp- appeared in a German newspaper (the Volkischer Beobachter, July 1943) with the words Mitglied der Royal Air Force von unbestimmbarer Rasse – a member of the Royal Air Force of unknown race!
Eventually Grant managed to escape from the camp and make it to Brussels in Time for V.E day celebrations.
He later went on to become a Qualified Barrister, and then a TV personality.