WW2 veteran talks to Liverpool FC Academy players about his wartime experiences

A World War Two veteran has been recalling his wartime experiences to Liverpool FC Academy players.

As an RAF codebreaker in the Second World War Bernard Morgan was one of the first to know that the Germans had surrendered.

Two days before VE Day – May 8, 1945 – Bernard received a telex which said: “The German war is now over ... the surrender is effective sometime tomorrow.

"This news will not be communicated to anyone outside the service nor to members of the press."

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Bernard has been raising awareness of this year’s 75th anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day and took along a copy of the telex to show the youngsters ahead of their trip to France this week as part of a World War II education project.

Among other places, they are visiting Normandy’s Gold Beach – one of the five areas of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944.

Bernard explained: "I wanted to do the talk at Liverpool FC, because I am keen for the younger generation to know exactly what went on during the war, and for them to appreciate the sacrifice those lads made so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.

"They were an excellent audience and asked some really good questions."

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Bernard, from Crewe, was the youngest Royal Air Force sergeant to land in Normandy on D-Day.

Bernard said: "The lads were also very interested in my old football boots – I was joking that they wear carpet slippers these days, and I would’ve been really quick in these new boots.

"If you got a kick with those old steel toe-caps, you knew about it!"

The Royal British Legion is inviting members of the World War II generation to attend special commemorations for VE Day and VJ Day which are taking place in May and August.