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Joining Under Peer Pressure

Joining Under Peer Pressure

Mr. Summersides recounts his training and being drafted to go overseas to Naples.

Training with Little to Eat

Training with Little to Eat

Mr. Summersides describes the environment within the training camp and the limited amount of rations provided.

A Part of the First Special Service Force

A Part of the First Special Service Force

Mr. Summersides recalls volunteering for the First Special Service Force and enjoying the short-lived but much improved menu before being sent to the Anzio Beachhead.

The Black Devils

The Black Devils

Mr. Summersides explains how the Black Devils got their name.

Tactics of the First Special Service Force

Tactics of the First Special Service Force

As part of the force, Mr. Summersides describes the additional rubber boat training and exercises required to do this job.

Obtaining Additional Rations

Obtaining Additional Rations

Mr. Summersides remembers “borrowing” a few boxes of rations from an American ship that was being unloaded and high tailing it for the nearest bushes.

First Canadian out of Rome

First Canadian out of Rome

During recce patrol into Rome, Mr. Summersides shares a humorous story of a time when he considered himself the first Canadian out of Rome.

Devil’s Brigade Brotherhood

Devil’s Brigade Brotherhood

Mr. Summersides talks about the high casualty rate within the Devil’s Brigade.

Sent in as Resistance Patrol

Sent in as Resistance Patrol

Mr. Summersides recounts a situation where the force was threatened with being blown up by the Germans.

Closer than Brothers

Closer than Brothers

Mr. Summersides shares a sincere reflection of the bond amongst the force and the strong sense of camaraderie between the American and Canadian soldiers within the force.

Dutch Appreciation for Canadian Soldiers

Dutch Appreciation for Canadian Soldiers

Mr. Summersides speaks about the overwhelming appreciation he witnesses from the Dutch population and their utmost respect for our Canadian soldiers.

Is it Like the Movies?

Is it Like the Movies?

Mr. Summersides shares his story of what he tells the youth when they try to understand the role of the Devil’s Brigade.

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