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As Soon as You’re Shot at, You’re Trained

As Soon as You’re Shot at, You’re Trained

Mr. Bérard discusses various aspects of his interaction with and commitment to his men, and his confidence in them.

They’re not Indians

They’re not Indians

Mr. Bérard describes a couple of events in Hong Kong which demonstrated the ignorance and arrogance of the British toward Canadians.

Suddenly the Stone Moved

Suddenly the Stone Moved

Mr. Bérard describes killing a Japanese sniper, and discusses the type of grenades that the enemy used.

We Hadn’t a Chance at All

We Hadn’t a Chance at All

Mr. Bérard reflects on the dilemma of the Hong Kong defenders from a tactical perspective.

That was Paddy Joe . . . He’d Been Blown to Bits

That was Paddy Joe . . . He’d Been Blown to Bits

Mr. Bérard describes his desperate individual search for his closest friend but finding only his boot. He commends his men for holding their position in his absence.

It (a grenade) Landed Right on the Breach of That Weapon

It (a grenade) Landed Right on the Breach of That Weapon

Mr. Bérard describes the events surrounding the surrender of his platoon, and a swift Japanese reprisal for a grenade attack by one of the prisoners.

Inside the Wall Was a German Uniform

Inside the Wall Was a German Uniform

Mr. Bérard describes being held prisoner in a mansion, and accidentally finding a German uniform behind a false wall.

How Many of us are Going to be Left Around Here?

How Many of us are Going to be Left Around Here?

Mr. Bérard describes volunteering to nurse diphtheria patients at Sham Shui Po, and being reprimanded by the camp doctor over a Christmas singsong with those patients.

He was so Weak and so Gone, he was Eating Flies

He was so Weak and so Gone, he was Eating Flies

Mr. Bérard describes Sham Shui Po barracks, and relates difficulties dealing with flies, bedbugs and general hygiene. He talks about respect given and returned for a bar of soap.

Caster Oil Did the Trick

Caster Oil Did the Trick

Mr. Bérard describes the food at Sham Shui Po, and how his discomfort leads to an unusual dietary supplement.

He Shouldn’t Have had Three Pips up There, he Should Have had Three Halos.

He Shouldn’t Have had Three Pips up There, he Should Have had Three Halos.

Mr. Bérard discusses the fact that the POW’s were blessed with terrific doctors. Despite this, these MD’s often suffered disappointment and humiliation.

The Japanese Forced me to Saw Their Legs Off

The Japanese Forced me to Saw Their Legs Off

Mr. Bérard describes being forced under threat of death to “shorten” the bodies of the dead to fit the smaller Japanese caskets, and risking his own safety to ensure that proper burials took place.

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