On 15th March, 1939, Adolf Hitler ordered the German Army to invade Czechoslovakia. It seemed that war was inevitable. On 8th April, Bolton Wanderers played a home game against Sunderland. Before the game started, Harry Goslin, the team captain, spoke to the crowd: "We are facing a national emergency. But this danger can be met, if everybody keeps a cool head, and knows what to do. This is something you can't leave to the other fellow, everybody has a share to do."
Of the 35 players on the staff of Bolton Wanderers, 32 joined the armed services and the other three went into the coal mines and munitions. This included Harry Hubbick, who resumed his career down the pits and Jack Atkinson and George Hunt served in the local police force. A total of 17 players, including Danny Winter, Harry Goslin, Billy Ithell, Albert Geldard, Tommy Sinclair, Don Howe, Ray Westwood, Ernie Forrest, Jackie Roberts, Jack Hurst and Stan Hanson, joined the 53rd (Bolton) Field Regiment.
During the Second World War the 53rd (Bolton) Field Regiment saw action at Dunkirk (May, 1940), El Alamein (1942) and the invasion of Italy (September, 1943). Winter returned to England and played as a guest for Chelsea in 1944-45. He was transferred from Bolton Wanderers for £5,000 in December 1945.
Danny Winter died in Trealaw, Wales on 22nd March 2004.