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Basic and Advanced Training

Basic and Advanced Training

Mr. Buote gives a synopsis of his training on his way to becoming an anti-tank man, training on the Army's new 6-pounder.

Entering an LCI was dangerous

Entering an LCI was dangerous

Mr. Buote describes the difficulty of getting into a landing craft in rough seas, particularly since he had never practiced scrambling down a net.

The D-Day landing was dangerous.

The D-Day landing was dangerous.

Mr. Buote discusses the perils of trying to get ashore from an LCI; enemy fire and deep water. He describes his and two others' good fortune to jump into waste deep water off the landing craft's starboard side while everyone else goes over the port side and drowns.

Tank battle at Branville

Tank battle at Branville

Mr. Buote describes advancing to and digging in at Branville, being surrounded and shelled by German panzers, and finally being rescued by a Polish tank battalion.

Sniper – a different role

Sniper – a different role

Mr. Buote describes being a sniper in a reconnaissance unit, and being assigned to collect and deliver data on German positions, movements, or anything unique that would enhance Allied maps.

Assisting the French Underground

Assisting the French Underground

Mr. Buote describes a dangerous patrol undertaken to deliver a radio to the French underground, behind enemy lines. In so doing, a firefight occurs resulting in a German patrol being wiped out.

Spotted by the Germans

Spotted by the Germans

Mr. Buote describes the situation of being shelled by the Germans after taking cover in a 3-story house only to escape injured and bomb wacky.

Digging trenches

Digging trenches

Mr. Buote discusses the trench as protection from shell explosions, how a trench was laid out, and the (illegal) use of grenades in the excavation.

I Tell Them the Horrors of War.

I Tell Them the Horrors of War.

Mr. Buote discusses how a chance school visitation and the ensuing letters from those children inspired him to continue taking his message to Moncton schools.

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