Spring 2018

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The Mission

Bring two World War II Veterans – one British and one German – who took part in the fierce fighting in Tunisia 75 years ago, and who are now best friends, together again. Their moving annual reunion – first in England, then in Normandy – will be filmed for a mini-documentary for the public and for students learning about World War II.

No longer enemies, Graham and Charley have become as close as brothers. Their friendship is deeply rooted in honor and respect, and demonstrates peace in action.

There is not much time left – this may be the last opportunity we ever have to preserve this unique and moving story for future generations. Won’t you please help us ensure their story of reconciliation and comradeship lives beyond their deaths?

The Veterans

Graham StevensonDesert Rat Graham Stevenson, 93, fought in the desert from ages 17 – 19 in Grant and Sherman tanks at El Alamein, the Mareth Line, and Tunis as a part of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Tank Regiment. In late June 1944, he came in on Gold Beach and was severely wounded by German machine gun fire on his first day of hedgerow fighting in Normandy.

Charley KoenigAfrica Corps Panzermann Charley Koenig, 94, served in a Panzer IV long-barrel tank crew fighting the British and Americans at the Mareth Line, in the mountains at Medjez-el-Bab, and around Mateur-Ferryville. He was taken as a POW from Africa to the U.S., Belgium, and then England. In 1991 he sought out the Sherwood Rangers, who became the best friends of his life and welcomed him as a brother into their Old Comrades’ Association.

Graham and Charley have been heartfelt friends for over a decade.

The Videographer

Allan DuffinTelevision, multimedia producer and author Allan Duffin has produced, written, co-produced and developed more than 20 television projects for History, Discovery, and other networks. His books include The “12 O’Clock High” Logbook: The Unofficial History of the Novel, Movie, and TV Series. A military veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star medal for outstanding leadership in a combat zone, Allan served for 11 years in the U.S. Air Force, and taught history courses at Los Angeles Valley College and Pasadena City College. He is a graduate of MIT and Northeastern University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in history.

The Goods

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The Impact

Every day thousands of World War II veterans around the world pass away, and their stories die with them.

We at the World War II History Project are passionately dedicated to ensuring that some of the rich tapestry of these incredible experiences from World War II survives. Between 2010 and 2015 we interviewed 200 veterans from all sides of the European war; we are transcribing and verifying hundreds of hours of testimonies so that they can be used in film, books, curricula and museums.

Graham and Charley are unique. Their long-standing friendship and reconciliation sends a powerful message about war at a very personal level.

We don’t have much time left. Let’s preserve this unique friendship for generations to come.

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