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Californian filmmaker helps East of England veterans share their war stories

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East of England's World War Two veterans are sharing battlefield stories for the benefit of future generations.

20-year-old Rishi Sharma has travelled from California to the UK in the hope of interviewing two ex-soldiers a day.

20-year-old filmmaker Rishi Sharma Credit: ITV News Anglia

"At this point in their lives, all the World War Two combat veterans are 92 and older. I think at this point in a lot of their lives, a lot of the veterans have mellowed out to the point that they are more open about their experiences."

– Rishi Sharma, Filmmaker

Mr Sharma has already interviewed over 900 veterans across the US and Canada.

Len Mann is just one of Mr Sharma's interviewees from the East of England.

Len Mann Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We got ready to attack Breville and my company commander, Major Banfield came along and said, 'This will be our finest hour'. He dropped down dead in front of me. He got hit in the left temple and was killed instantly".

– Len Mann

"There are some things that are so altruistic about World War Two, where a bunch of kids are changing their birth certificates and lying about their age just to put themselves in a position to go overseas and fight, to get rid of the immediate evil. All of these veterans have had purpose in their lives and I was really attracted - still am attracted to that idea."

– Rishi Sharma, Filmmaker
Mr Sharma edits his interview footage Credit: ITV News Anglia

The World War Two enthusiast is producing a DVD copy of each interview for the veterans and their family. He is also donating the interviews to World War Two history museums.

Mr Sharma is asking for more World War Two veterans from the East of England to get in touch and share their stories.