Facts to know about Battle of Kohima entertainer ‘Vera Lynn’

Facts to know about Battle of Kohima entertainer ‘Vera Lynn’

FACTS | JUNE 24, 2020 :

British singer Vera Lynn, who entertained troops before the 1944 Battle of Kohima, has died aged 103.

Born in 1917, and her arrival with her co-musician Len Edwards to India dates back to April 1944 to entertain and uplift the spirit of warring soldiers in Kohima, Nagaland against the advancing Japanese forces.

  1. Dame Vera Margaret Lynn is popularly known as 'Vera Lynn' was a popular figure during the Second World War and famously referred to as "Forces Sweetheart"
  2. She toured across different countries including Egypt, India, and Burma as part of Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA).
  3. Among her songs include, "We'll Meet Again", "The White Cliffs of Dover", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "There'll Always Be an England".
  4. In the year 2009, she became the oldest living artist at the age of 92, to top the UK Albums Charts with the compiled album "We'll Meet Again."
  5. Apart from her career Vera Lynn dedicated much of her time in social services and received the title "the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century."

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