Letter: Memories of war

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Sir: It doesn't require a sociologist to answer Tony Caston's question (letter, 4 September) on why our TV and radio channels were full of films and documentaries acknowledging the 60th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

It was a terrible war which was considered justified. We were on the winning side and through Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic and the Blitz, we stood alone behind the English Channel and afforded a base for a massive assault that contributed in no small way to the war's end.

Our justified pride in that and our closeness to it all makes us see it differently from the Americans and certainly the other countries mentioned who, for what they would consider good reasons, would rather forget it all.