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Fighting on in Northwest Europe

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Fighting on in Northwest Europe

Twenty, twenty-six months and then we moved in to the Northwest Europe. But Northwest Europe was, it was nothing compared to what we had to go through in Italy. First of all, our first attack, our first river crossing; whew boy, they boarded us in to these amphibious tanks, they called a buffalo. We got aboard them and we nicely floated across the river and up the bank the other side peeled off and away we went. No wet, no nothing... yeah. I thought, if this is the way they fought war here, this is where I should have come in the first place. Because we walked everywhere. We walked every inch of the way and I guess because of the fact that... well one of the reasons... now this I'm, I'm gonna... to hear accolades for a certain regiment, a certain group of people from the enemy's side, the first parachute division, a tough bunch of people, they were all gentlemen and they'd fight for the last man, but once they lost, okay you win, shake. And the, the Hermann Göring regiment, the 356th Panzer. Oh I used to remember quite, you know about half of them anyway, but I can't today. That's fifty-three, fifty-four, five years ago.

Mr. Parker talks about why Italy was so much harder a campaign (for him) than North West Europe, and the respect he had for some of the German fighting regiments.

Richard Allen Parker

Richard Allen Parker was born in Vernon, BC on May 27, 1917 to a First Nations family. He talks about his early years, the prejudice that he faced, and the meaning of being First Nations. He left home at an early age to work in the mines. He talks about joining the PPCLI in 1942, fighting the SS and Hitler Youth and his time in Algiers and Italy.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Richard Allen Parker
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Northwest Europe
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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