WWII
Documentary Series

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This Story aims to connect people through the telling of stories.  Not the sensationalised or heavily scripted stories flooding our televisions and social media newsfeeds, but the true, heartfelt stories of the ordinary men and women who have shaped our great nation throughout their extraordinary lives.

We delve into the past in order to to create a living history for future generations.

The project commences with our incredible WWII Veterans.

Our Veterans talk of their time throughout the World War II conflict. But don’t be fooled into thinking these are simply a collection of war stories.  There is so much more to their tales.

Behind the smiles and stoic personas are the stories that shaped their lives and the lives of their families.  Our veterans talk of love, of loss, of adventure and lessons learned in life. At the very core of these stories common themes around our basic need for human connection are highlighted.

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is the case, these videos are worth a million.  The twinkle in their eyes, the emotion in their voices, the moments of quiet reflection, the laughter… but most of all the humility in which the veterans share their compelling stories will leave you wanting to hear more.

By capturing these vitally important stories we can ensure that their legacies will live on and we will have a ongoing reminder of their bravery and their sacrifice.  We have the opportunity to learn from the wisdom they share.

With the veterans now aged in their late 90’s and beyond, there is a real sense of urgency to collect as many stories as we possibly can or we risk losing the opportunity forever.

We hope the videos will increase the honour and reverance the community holds towards our Veterans, increasing the numbers who attend commemorative events and the support and resources directed towards our service men and women.

We are seeking to connect with WWII Veterans who may be interested in being interviewed.  Our interviews have no particular agenda. We prefer to let the Veterans tell their stories in their words.  Interviews are unintrusive with typically a 2 person crew and are conducted with integrity, respect and compassion.  We welcome a loved one or support person to stay with the Veteran during filming.

If you know a WWII Veteran who would like to have their story heard, please contact us on 07 3184 7552 or email enquiries@thissstory.com.au.

We rely on your donations to keep our work going, so please head to our donations page and be a part of this fantastic initiative.

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Testimonials

‘Recently, it has been our pleasure to have Jeff and his team visiting our Sub Branch. The project they are undertaking, to record and preserve the memories of World War 2 servicemen & women in documentary form, is an ambitious one but something that is of vital importance to the history of our nation. We know that when these service personnel eventually die out, their firsthand recollections of the Second World War will pass with them. Therefore, it is imperative that these oral histories be captured as soon as possible before they are lost forever. It was a pleasure to have Jeff here to record the memories of two of our members, which we hope will contribute in a very small way to the success of the project’.

Wendy Holt
Secretary/Membership Officer, Toowoomba United RSL Sub Branch Inc.

It is with heartfelt sincerity that I thank Jeff and his crew, from This Story, for the work they are doing to film our remaining WWII veterans.  For some, this is a final chance for these veterans to talk about their experiences as they never could (or would) with their families.  It is also an opportunity for future generations to see these veterans as ordinary Australians that did extraordinary things in the name of, and defence of, their country and the people there-in. I also commend Jeff for his deference to the veterans, his interview techniques and his passion to get these stories told by the veterans in their own words, not from a script.

Naomi Enchong
Welfare Officer
Nambour RSL Sub-branch

Jeff approached our family to offer to interview Terry Walker as a part of the WWII Documentary Series he was producing for “This Story.” Although the technical production was flawless, I was most impressed with the way that Jeff managed to merge historical facts with the human story.

I would like to thank Jeff for the sensitive way he dealt with Terry and the whole family.

Kim Walker

‘The professional quality video of my darling father is simply invaluable.  Jeff asked me if he could film Dad about his fascinating life. I put it to Dad. He was quite excited and began writing notes. Jeff arrived at the nursing home and explained simply how it was all going to happen. He asked Dad open questions about his life journey, his involvement in the war, life in the army and family life to which Dad chatted. His filming equipment wasn’t overly intimidating or intrusive. Occasionally and at pertinent places, Jeff asked Dad deeper questions about an incident or person. The end result is brilliant! As a family we are forever indebted to Jeff. Dad passed away in April of last year. Thanks to the foresight of Jeff, we now have a fabulous record of Dad in his later life. Thank you Jeff, we are thrilled with the result’.

Sue Hurley

‘It was such a pleasure to be involved with your project involving our veterans in Nambour.  As I had welfare involvement with Allan Brown and Bill Elliott, I know that they were both very excited and felt privileged to be asked to divulge their WW2 experiences.  Both veterans spoke of this experience for some time after, and I believe that they had a feeling that, yes, people do care about their life. The manner in the way you conducted the interviews put the veterans at ease, so they felt relaxed and trusted you for them to talk about experiences that they may have not spoken about for some if not ever.  I would like to congratulate you on a well deserving project and hope it continues for other veterans’.
Robyn Symmons
Welfare Support Officer
RSL Sunshine Coast and Regional District

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