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Desperate to Enlist

Desperate to Enlist

Mr. Walsh describes having to deceive his mother in order to enlist with a close friend.

The Road to Normandy

The Road to Normandy

Mr. Walsh describes volunteering for service in Normandy, his preparations to go, and his impressions after landing in France as a member of the Royal Regiment of Canada.

I was a Veteran the Next Morning

I was a Veteran the Next Morning

Mr. Walsh describes his first night in action, fighting off two German counterattacks. He also describes having to fire a weapon in anger for the first time.

Losing Friends

Losing Friends

Mr. Walsh discusses, in general, the anonymity of soldiers who fall during the heat of battle, but after losing two close friends, his reluctance to make new ones.

Routing the Germans at Falaise Gap

Routing the Germans at Falaise Gap

Mr. Walsh faints a detailed picture of the overwhelming force mustered by the Allied army leading up to the rout of the Germans at Falaise Gap.

Rest and Cider - a Bad Mix

Rest and Cider - a Bad Mix

Mr. Walsh describes locating a cellar full of cider while on leave, and being so thirsty that he and his fellow soldiers drank cider to the point of illness.

They Put My Nose Back Together

They Put My Nose Back Together

Mr. Walsh describes his first wounding, his recuperation, and the importance of rejoining his old unit.

Royal Regiment Honoured at Dieppe

Royal Regiment Honoured at Dieppe

Mr. Walsh discusses why the Royal Regiment of Canada, with two other regiments, was selected to clear Dieppe based on the fact that it was decimated during the original Dieppe raid.

Two More Wounds

Two More Wounds

Mr. Walsh describes two more wounds he sustained, one in Holland and the other in Germany, and in both cases waiving medical attention to get back into action.

Walcheren Island - a Tough Objective

Walcheren Island - a Tough Objective

Mr. Walsh discusses the dangerous and time consuming strategy of leapfrogging along the dyked approaches to the German stronghold on Walcheren Island. He describes an alternative strategy, amphibious assault, which eventually succeeds. Finally, he expresses admiration for the impregnability of the German battlements on the island.

Dwindling Manpower and Resources

Dwindling Manpower and Resources

Mr. Walsh describes how attrition had caused critical shortages of both men and supplies by the time the Canadian army faced the Germans in Holland.

An Unfair Repatriation System

An Unfair Repatriation System

Mr. Walsh discusses his disappointment with what he saw as an unfair repatriation policy which meant he was left behind when his unit returned to Canada.

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