Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June 6, 1944

This post card depicting Canadians heading to Europe for the defense
of Britain was sent by my father to his mother. 
He managed to scribble a few lines on the back
telling her not to worry about him.

My father told me that in the days before D Day the masses of men and equipment that were to cross the channel were confined to camp.

But my twenty year old father and his buddy, the same one he got caught in a fox hole with months later, (The Weapon That Won the War in Europe), managed to sneak out to meet up with a few girls they liked. 

They were caught when they returned and given KP duty.

The  British Officer in charge still wasn't pleased with their shenanigans though.

He inspected the potatoes they were working on and declared the peels too thick.

"Wasting the King's rations" he called it according to Dad who was still offended sixty years later.

They were sentenced to 10 more days of KP duty.

Dad said they didn't care because they knew they would never serve their sentence.

And he was right. 

It was D Day.

The Canadians landed on Juno Beach

There is a Memorial Centre there now.

This is one of the cairns outside the centre. 

Dad's name is on it. 

The picture was taken by his great nephew Kory Howe.

Dad never went back.

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