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The Highland Light Infantry (Part 3 of 3)

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The Highland Light Infantry (Part 3 of 3)

And they had laid them out and they had their names stencilled on the back of the packs, so the packs are laid on the ground, they're all blank out white, yellow-white, you know. And by this time, it's getting dark, you know, the moon is coming up over the trees and you can think of this as eerie, you know, with the, with these, all these white packs laid out on the road, and they're laid out in threes in order of their, sixteen and the same with the, the other groups of company packs. There were, there were few, more left then, then the "A" Company but "A" Company took the worst casualties. But still, it was terrible, and, and we started crying, frankly. The tears, you know, just made you feel terrible. So I called, I called that story "The Price" because that's the price, you know, with war. You know it's, very emotional.

Mr. Field tells a moving story about the Highland Light Infantry returning from battle, and moving on to their next position.

Richard (Dick) Field

Mr. Richard Field was born in Toronto, Ontario, on November 11, 1924, where his father was an accountant for Brazilian Traction Light and Car Power Company located in Toronto. After hearing stories from his grandfather and friends about the service, Mr. Field and his father enlisted in 1943. Serving as a Gunner in the Royal Canadian Artillery, Mr. Field went to the continent after the summer of 1944, and landed at Dieppe. Having witnessed battles such as the Battle of the Bulge, which was, on record, the coldest battle fought during the Second World War, encounters with German POWS and the German SS, nothing stirs up memories such as the moving story about the Highland Light Infantry returning from battle, wearily marching on to battle, serenaded by the haunting melody of the bagpipes. Mr. Field returned home to Toronto and married his high school sweetheart, however, the war never left the dreams and thoughts of Mr. Field, who still, quite frequently, is plagued by dreams and nightmares of life on the front.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Richard (Dick) Field
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Northwest Europe

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