A regular column from Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn.
Armed Forces veteran Colin Jackman is current chairman of the Royal British Legion.
His nine-year service took him through a number of different professions within the Army and to a range of locations across the globe.
Colin was called up for National Service in 1959, age 22, while working as an electrician. After three years of service in the Army, he was granted permission to marry before deployment to Germany.
He was posted to Germany as one of the last of the Army occupation forces in Minden.
After a month, Colin went to learn his trade as a combat engineer before moving on to work in the officers’ mess as a barman and waiter, forming some firm friendships.
After nine years, Colin finished his service in Waterbeach, when the engineers took over airfield construction. Colin continues to support the Armed Forces.
As is often the case, Colin remembers the events of 70 plus years ago with incredible detail. His passion for the Armed Forces and knowledge of the military come second only to his willingness to discuss the war, and perhaps educate others who did not have the first-hand experience that he had.
If you would like to hear the interview please go to our website, www.tulip-radio.co.uk – go to the podcast section and have a listen to what Colin had to say.