A century is a long time to achieve something of value, but if you’re Captain Tom Moore, it’s also a long time to achieve a few things of value.
Making headlines in recent weeks for raising a huge £29 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps on his garden before his 100th birthday, the generous veteran has experienced a whole lot in his lifetime, serving in India, on the Arakan and in Sumatra during World War II, fighting on behalf of the UK. And now, ITV are bringing his story to life in a brand new documentary.
Titled Captain Tom’s War, the project will tell Tom’s version of events during WWII, which will appropriately premiere on VE day, May 8th. Touching on his past fighting in Burma, Tom will share his memories to draw attention to the “forgotten war”.
Speaking of the new project, ITV said in a release: “Tom looks back on his time during the War in the brutal Burma campaign, as a million Allied troops from 40 nations attempted to repel the invading forces of Imperial Japan from the British colony over almost three years, between 1941 and 1944.
“Captain Tom honours the soldiers who fought in what has since become known, with so much focus on the European battlefront and on VE Day, as ‘The Forgotten War’, which finally came to an end in August 1945.”
With ITV’s Controller of Current Affairs Tom Giles continuing: “Captain Tom’s War will shed light on a campaign which comparatively goes unmentioned but in which our troops suffered unthinkable hardship and tens of thousands of British soldiers fought and died.
“Hearing this from Captain Tom Moore, who fought in Burma, means we will find out a lot more about the man who has done so much to raise our spirits at this time and the experience he and many others faced during World War Two on an occasion when we rightly come together to thank them for their sacrifice.”
Captain Tom’s War airs on ITV May 8th at 8pm.