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Stop or Keep Going? (Part 1 of 2)

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Stop or Keep Going? (Part 1 of 2)

So since I was the only one that had been in that area, I was given the job of leading, leading the company in that area. So back to the Dittaino River, back to as far as I dare advance with the long file of soldiers behind me, three platoons. Early morning, about nine o’clock, that 9:30, daytime. The German had seen us coming from where, you remember when I mentioned the advance group was, the Recce platoon, detachment? I think the, I saw the Germans running on the hill with, with mortar bombs on their arms, running on top, so they had seen us coming. So the question was, do we stop there? Or do we keep going? Our job is to attack and, and capture the hill and whether they are there or not makes no difference, that’s where we’re going. And I was a soldier enough to want to go. Married, I’d been married a month and a half, a year, a year and a half.

Mr. Robitaille talks about the attack at Santa Maria, and getting wounded.

Guy Robitaille

Guy Robitaille was born October 2, 1920 in Lauzon-Lévis, a small military town. Mr. Robitaille had four brothers and three sisters. His mother died in 1925 and his father died in 1936. After his father's death, Mr. Robitaille made the decision not to finish school, but rather to work and help his family. On August 26, 1936 he received his mobilization papers and started full time with the army. Shortly after, he transferred to the Vandoos training centre. In August, 1941, he arrived in Brockville, Ontario where he became an officer and later returned to Valcartier. In Italy, wounded in the thigh and chest, Mr. Robitaille spent nine months in hospital where he went through five operations. While in hospital he heard on CBC radio that he had received the Military Cross. In November, 1943, he returned to Canada to recover in a Québec City hospital. Upon recovery, he returned to service with the Canadian Army.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Guy Robitaille
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Royal 22e Régiment
Platoon Officer

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