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Help on the Home Front

Help on the Home Front

Mr. Ross was only 14 years old when Canada declared war on Germany in September, 1939. As the home front war effort expanded, he was hired as an apprentice fitter in the aircraft division of Vickers, near Montreal.

Just in Time For D-Day

Just in Time For D-Day

Mr. Ross enlisted on his 18th birthday and was assigned to ‘C’ Company of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. He recalls preparation for the invasion of Normandy.

Bad Weather For Sailing

Bad Weather For Sailing

Mr. Ross recalls that when the order to begin the invasion was finally given, the weather conditions halted sailing for a day.

Crossing the English Channel to Normandy

Crossing the English Channel to Normandy

Mr. Ross describes his activities during the night crossing toward the beaches of Normandy, as thousands of Allied vessels moved forward.

Landing on Beaches of  Normandy

Landing on Beaches of Normandy

Mr. Ross continues his emotional account of landing on the Normandy beach early in the morning of June 6, 1944.

More From the  Beaches of  Normandy

More From the Beaches of Normandy

Mr. Ross continues to recount the events of the Normandy landing.

Horror of Hitler Youth

Horror of Hitler Youth

Mr. Ross speaks about the murder of members of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and other regiments by a division of Hitler Youth under the command of Kurt Meyer.

His Regiment Reacts to Hitler Youth Executions

His Regiment Reacts to Hitler Youth Executions

Mr. Ross talks of the reaction of his regiment to the Hitler Youth executions and describes being on patrol in Bray.

Dangerous Front Line Night Patrols

Dangerous Front Line Night Patrols

Mr. Ross gives a remarkable account of night patrols on the front lines.

More Reaction To Hitler Youth Actions

More Reaction To Hitler Youth Actions

The account of the night patrolling is concluded with a grim reference to the murder of Canadian soldiers and a reaction to the actions of members of the Hitler Youth.

Injured by Shrapnel - Cared For by Canadian Nursing Sisters

Injured by Shrapnel - Cared For by Canadian Nursing Sisters

During an encounter with German forces, Mr. Ross sustained injuries from flying shrapnel. He was flown to hospital in England and recalls the kindness and care of the Canadian Nursing Sisters.

Back To The Front Line

Back To The Front Line

Back in France, Mr. Ross is re-assigned to a mortar platoon as it moves into Belgium and the battle for Antwerp

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