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Effects of the Depression

Effects of the Depression

Mr. Champoux describes the effects of the Depression on his family when he was growing up.

Enlisting

Enlisting

Mr. Champoux recalls attempting to join the Navy and then the Air Force but they were not yet recruiting. He then joined the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa - Army.

A Mother’s Intervention

A Mother’s Intervention

Mr. Champoux speaks of his parent’s reaction to his joining up and his mother’s intervention in ensuring he did not transfer to the Navy.

Adventure, Training and the Cameron Highlanders

Adventure, Training and the Cameron Highlanders

Mr. Champoux recalls his sense of adventure upon enlisting and enjoying training on the Vickers machine gun with the Cameron Highlanders.

Off to Iceland

Off to Iceland

Mr. Champoux describes how he went to Iceland on July 17, 1940. The Allies wanted a machine gun regiment to set up their guns on the Island in the event of an invasion.

Invasion Scare in Iceland

Invasion Scare in Iceland

Mr. Champoux recalls how a case of mistaken identity was taken for the beginnings of a German invasion..

Leaky Vessels; Dangerous Journeys

Leaky Vessels; Dangerous Journeys

Mr. Champoux recalls sailing from Iceland to Scotland in leaky cattle boats and wondering if they’d make their destination.

The Machine Gunner

The Machine Gunner

Mr. Champoux describes the duties of a machine gun crew.

13: My Lucky Number

13: My Lucky Number

Mr. Champoux explains how his entire military experience (from his enrollment to his wounding) revolved around the number 13.

Platoons, Brigades, Regiments and Divisions

Platoons, Brigades, Regiments and Divisions

Mr. Champoux explains the difference between Platoons, Brigades, Regiments and Divisions, while describing his own allegiance to the 13 platoon (Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa).

Stalin's Second Front: The Raid

Stalin's Second Front: The Raid

Mr. Champoux explains how “The Raid” affected the morale of Canadian troops who were left behind. He also reveals his opinion of the true reason behind sending soldiers there.

Indirect Firing; An Innovation in Machine Gunning

Indirect Firing; An Innovation in Machine Gunning

Mr. Champoux talks about indirect firing; a technique made available by new machine guns.

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