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Funker Displays - Normandy 1944, Canadian Infantry radio operator
Old 04-22-2014, 11:09 AM   #8
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Default Funker Displays - Normandy 1944, Canadian Infantry radio operator

... D-day was yesterday, and the 9th Brigade of the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division had come ashore after the 7th and 8th Brigades had stormed the beach. Our Canadian radio operator with the "North Nova Scotia Highlanders" came ashore, initially moving inland rapidly reaching Colomby sur Thaon by nightfall not far from Carpiquet airfield. Today the advance was to continue, with the Brigade tasked to take the airfield.

Being in the follow up force on D-day, our radio operator would have worn the standard infantry webbing and equipment, rather than the assault gear issued to the other Brigades. He is carrying a "Wireless set nr 38", an Infantry short range infantry radio, with a range of 1 - 1.5 kilometers. Our radio operator is keeping in contact with the other platoons in C company.

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At daybreak they have set out towards Buron and have now reached Authie just after noon. Carpiquet airfield is just across the main road. Suddenly noise, smoke across the field. The platoon on the left comes on the radio "Tanks! the Germans are attacking from the direction of Caen!.."

Our radio operator runs for cover, diving behind a hedge. Stuck between Authie and Franqueville, C company digs in preparing for an all round defense as heavy shots crack overhead. Our radio operator has lost contact with the other platoons, what is happening? ....

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The subsequent events for these men of C company of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders will cast a dark shadow over the reputation of the SS. C company was overrun by Panzergrenadiers of the 12th SS Hitlerjugend division. Survivors were marched toward the Ardenne Abbey. In the follwoing hours and days, a total of 43 Canadian prisoners were murdered by the SS troops around Buron and at the Ardenne Abbey. Lest we forget.....

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