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The Rest Of The Story

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And then I was going to tell him he had a beautiful sand brown belt with a Walther pistol, and all I had was a hand grenade and I had my hand on my grenade and it only had a three second fuse. It would have been game over for all of us. And I was going to tell him to drop his pistol and then I thought, "You know, no, there's something wrong here. Something really wrong." And then I asked him in German, I says, "Where are the Canadian soldiers? Are they ahead of us down the road here?" And I'll never forget his answer and the look. He says, "(German)", "I don't know." And then I thought, "Holy shit. I'm really into it." And then I says, "Well, okay," I told him in German, "you go that way, and I'll go that way." And they picked the stretcher up and they went down the road a ways and I turned and looked over my shoulder. They went about 60 feet and they set the stretcher down and they were looking. I guess they were discussing on what I was. It must have dawned on them finally I wasn't one of them. But funny they never recognized the hand grenades, I didn't have a potato masher, and I had 50 bandoleers, 25 on this side and this side of 303 ammo. And anyway, I just kept on going and I come around the second bend and there I seen the church and the boys were shooting. The Germans laying in the ditch, our guys were laying in the ditch and they were firing. But last year I went to a reunion and there was two guys were laughing about it They said, well I printed this story and they knew about it and they said "Yeah, we seen you come around the bend of the road and we were betting on whether you would make it or not." And I thought, "You what? You were betting?!" I got up to the church, I got to the wall, and there was a guy by the wall laying in a hole and I says, "How the hell do I get in this church?" He says "Get up that wall fast," he says, "You'll get your goddam butt shot off." I run up the wall, I went to the building, and there was great big oak doors. I pushed the door in and I got in. I could have dumped the ammo there and said to the guys. "Here's ammo," but it worried me. I says, "No, I want to see the major, no, the captain." I finally found him in a room with Captain Montgomery. So I told him, I says, "You know, you got a lot of German prisoners back there, sir." And he looked at me and he says, "How many and how far back?" And I says, "Well, about 400 feet back and probably 250 to 300." He jumped about that here, Major Dugen, he says, "We got no f'n prisoners!" And, holy, shit, it never dawned on me yet what I done, for years, it never. But anyway, Montgomery, he phoned for three Typhoons.

Mr. Lenko completes the story of his encounter with members of the German Army as he attempts to deliver a supply of ammunition to Canadian soldiers.

Sam Lenko

Mr. Lenko enlisted in the army in Edmonton of February 14, 1940. He took basic infantry training in Calgary and then travelled to Halifax by train where he boarded the Duchess of Bedford, where he sailed in convoy to England. The ship arrived in the port of Liverpool and he was sent immediately to Aldershot for further training.His service included Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. He returned to Canada and to Calgary on August 29, 1945, eventually training as a barber. He ran a barber shop for 20 years before changing his job to an unspecified occupation. He spent his working civilian life in Sangudo, Alberta.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Sam Lenko
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Second World War
Loyal Edmonton Regiment / D Company / 17th Platoon

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