I lived in Germany for a total of eight years over two postings as a British Army brat (child of serving soldier). We left in 1983, at that time the memory of WW2 was still shared by many living Germans. Some of the older Germans were quite openly hostile towards the British, my mum remembers some occasions when she received verbal abuse from an old man, because she was British. The British Army wasn't exactly a great guest at times though, with young squaddies getting into fights etc. so I can understand some of the hostility towards the British. I did often wonder if it went further than that though. Considering most large German cities and towns were flattened by carpet bombing during the war, some animosity would be expected I think. As a kid, we had no real conception of the war, other than seeing what we saw in the pictures and on the TV or heard about from older relatives. So we thought of the Germans as the bad guys. When we played soldiers, we always had the goodies, the British and then the baddies, the Germans. I guess that affected how we thought of our hosts while we were guests in their country. We did live quite an insular life as army family though, we went to British Forces Schools, we had British Forces Broadcasting Services TV and radio, a NAAFI to shop in and the Church Army to buy our British comics and newspapers. The only time we really mixed with the Germans was when we went visiting places outside the camp. My dad spoke fluent German and had German friends, but my sister and I didn't have many German friends, we just didn't mix much with Germans. I think the Germans are still embarrassed or maybe even ashamed of the war, it's not something they like to talk about much either. To be fair I can't blame them either. We should learn from our pasts, but we can't be held accountable for something that happened so long ago. As someone who's been affected by armed forces service, I think 99.99% of serving and ex members of the armed forces, and their families just want their sacrifices and commitment to be recognised. They don't see themselves as heroes, nor do they want to be known as heroes. What they do want is the support from their government for the real issues that servicemen and women and also their families face. Service in the armed forces presents a wide range of issues and many service people and their families feel the government doesn't do enough to assist. Instead we see a whole raft of charities having to take the lead. I have personal experience of this. We lost my dad whilst he was in service as a British soldier. The Army chain of command deemed us bad for morale as a grieving family living in army quarters and being around the camp, so we were whipped off ASAP to start a new life back in civvy street. We were assigned a families officer, who looked after some of the practical issues we had. For anything else, emotional support etc. we were left hung out to dry. The British Armed Forces are volunteer services, when someone joins they commit to the life of a service person. They don't ask for much, don't get much but they should deserve our respect, much the same as we respect nurses, doctors, the police etc. One thing that does goad me is people shouting about supporting the armed forces but having next to no knowledge of the issues they face often with very little interest either. Some people jump on issues to make themselves feel better but do little else!