"We all have our dark secrets. Some told, some untold. Joe's was kept secret for years. Back in 1940, when the Germans invaded his home country, he was enlisted.
After 6 days of fighting they slowly lost Antwerp, and the Germans moved trough Ackerdam, Joe's hometown. Determined to save his loved one, he abandoned his post, fled to Ackerdam only to fight his way through the destruction and find his wife Sarah dead.
Joe helped the local civilians to evacuate, but was brought back to HQ to be tried for desertion. Normally, he would've been shot by firing squad, but the interference of priest Lucas Berkens (the priest from Ackerdam) arranged that Joe would be brought with the B.E.F. back to England and will be put in a camp there, to be reformed. In the end, he managed to join the British Army (and later, in a exchange program to join the US Army)."