‘Recce Lines, Hastings Street, Royal Anglian Regiment, Belfast’ by Ralph Lillford, 1972

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

Separation from loved ones is among the hardest things a soldier has to deal with. Lengthy campaigns have kept husbands from their wives and parents from their children.

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German propaganda leaflet, 1943

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

Separation from loved ones is among the hardest things a soldier has to deal with. Lengthy campaigns have kept husbands from their wives and parents from their children.

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