Language selection

Search

Search

(advanced search)
Advanced Search Options

Search Results

46 results returned within occupation Truck Driver
I’m still living

I’m still living

Mr. Parsons describes landing his truck at Normandy and seeing fellow soldiers dead on the beach.

Not Patriotism

Not Patriotism

Mr. Gyselman describes the demographics of the Winnipeg Grenadiers as he saw them, and indicates that he enlisted not out of patriotism but for the steady employment.

Returning Home

Returning Home

Mr. Gyselman discusses being the first Canadian POW to be flown to mainland North America. He compares the generous welcome of the Americans to the austerity of the Canadian welcome. While happy to be home, he is troubled by questions about other people's loved ones.

Pigs and Tigers

Pigs and Tigers

Mr. Gyselman describes the butchering of the camp commandant's pig, and having boiled pork the following morning. He also describes the daredevil delivery of supplies by Americans flying single seater Grumman Tigers.

DDT and Fleas

DDT and Fleas

Mr. Gyselman describes receiving DDT powder in the American supply drop, and putting it to good use against the camp's sand flea epidemic.

Finally Free

Finally Free

Mr. Gyselman discusses events immediately following the Japanese surrender. His initial reaction is to head for the mine with the intention of knifing his Japanese guards, who are nowhere to be found. Later he and a friend head to town, hijack a truck and go to a Japanese restaurant.

Regaining his Sight

Regaining his Sight

Mr. Gyselman describes enduring three weeks of blindness, and being offered a series of injections of an unidentified serum. Choosing to take the gamble, his eyesight returns after a week.

Last Action

Last Action

Mr. Gyselman is designated a platoon runner who is sent to the front and witnesses a deadly ambush set for the Japanese. Eventually, the enemy regroups and a mortar attack drives the Canadians from their position. Heavily loaded down and under enemy fire, Mr. Gyselman escapes. He later notices that his pants legs are full of bullet holes.

Who’s the Enemy?

Who’s the Enemy?

Mr. Gyselman describes being shelled by miniature Japanese howitzers, which inflicts serious casualties and forces the remaining men to retreat. Escaping along a water course, the men are mistakenly fired upon by their British allies. They show the white flag, and are granted safe passage by the British.

A Stolen Truck and a Broken Rifle

A Stolen Truck and a Broken Rifle

Mr. Gyselman describes commandeering an old truck to be used to transport troops to a new defensive position. Once there, and under enemy attack, he discovers that his rifle doesn't fire.

Shooting a Fifth Columnist

Shooting a Fifth Columnist

Mr. Gyselman describes the shooting of a Fifth Columnist who refuses to halt when challenged. A search of the body reveals maps of the Canadian positions drawn in ink.

First Action in Hong Kong

First Action in Hong Kong

Mr. Gyselman describes being on sentry duty at a reservoir when it is bombed by the Japanese. One bomb is close enough to shower him with dirt and gravel.

Date modified: