Beginning an epic new series charting the history of modern Britain in 50 records, Stuart Maconie considers The Force's Sweetheart, Vera Lynn, and her own musical part in the fight against fascism.
We hear from those who lived through World War II - both those serving in the armed forces and those on the home front - and discover the significance of music during the war years and how it kept the force's spirits up whilst comforting those waiting anxiously at home.
Some families were further strained and stretched because not only were the men fighting overseas, but the children had been evacuated to the safer confines of the countryside.
And yet in London and industrial towns like Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow, life went on defiantly despite the attentions of the Luftwaffe.
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