Not that I am a WW2 veteran or anything like that. But, born in 1946, I do feel that the war had a tremendous impact on our generation in terms of the damage that it did to our parents' generation.
So, back in 1995, I wrote a book, Oundle's War, which reflected those thoughts as well as tracing the history of a small Northamptonshire town in the east of England between 1939 and 1945.
The chapters of Oundle's War focused on different aspects of the conflict: beginnings, the town of Oundle in wartime, active service, prisoners of war and so on. There was also a chapter entitled 'Friends and Allies' which included the contribution to the war effort made by the Poles, but chiefly the Americans.
The Eighth USAAF, 'The Mighty Eighth' as it was known, was based mainly in the flat lands of Eastern England. Oundle was surrounded by airfields, and for its wartime residents the base at Polebrook was the subject of much interest, not just because of the impressive Flying Fortress B17 bombers which regularly filled the skies above the Oundle church spire, but because Clark Gable was serving there as an air-gunner.
The town's residents could not have been fully aware of the immense sacrifice that the Americans of Polebrook's 351st Bomb Group were making. More than 46,000 members of the USAAF lost their lives between July 1942 and April 1945. During the 311 missions which were flown from Polebrook, 175 aircraft were lost along with their crews.
As well as being a remarkably gifted naturalist she was Jewish of course.
Since then I've learnt about the racial segregation in their armed forces which was accepted by most Americans during World War Two.
So Jack Sherman, brought up in Brewster but now living in Los Angeles, has done us all a service through his work as film editor of 'For Love Of Liberty,' a two-part documentary on the history of America's black soldiers. The first part of the film was shown on TV last Monday 1 February to mark the US's Black History Month. Hosted by Halle Berry and introduced by Colin Powell, the work is a four-hour story of the black soldiers who fought in every conflict in American history, and took a decade to make.