By Charlie Martin, Roy Whitsed
He used to be one of many first at the seashore on 6 June 1994 - D-Day. Charlie Martin and participants of the Queen's personal Rifles raced from their touchdown craft, dodging, taking pictures, tearing around the sand in the direction of the French village of Bernieres-sur-Mer. They made that goal, even though the losses have been heavy. it is a rifleman's tale, at the flooring and on the aspect, less than fireplace, in minefields, in trenches, in dust. The shrinking band of D-Day originals gratefully approved reinforcements as they battled throughout France, took the Channel ports, slogged in the course of the soggy fields, and dikes of the Scheldt and Holland, and eventually crossed the Rhine. They confronted Hitler early life devices, SS regiments, and hugely educated paratroops. None surrendered simply. Charlie's memoir is a outstanding portrayal of the way the men of the Queen's personal grew to become males and the way the lads grew to become veterans. that they had to profit quickly on the 'point' or they have been long past.
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There would be perhaps our second in command, the company quartermaster and clerk, the two truck drivers, two shoemakers and two cooks — nine people — plus one platoon commander and two others for a total of twelve from the company, generally speaking. Later in the day we realized there must have been some unusual reason for ordering our attack on Le Mesnil-Patry. The following morning, June 12, things seemed strangely quiet, so in the afternoon we took a patrol into Le Mesnil-Patry - Bill Bettridge, Bert Shepherd, Sid Willis* and myself.
The hangar buildings were so heavily shelled that only the framework remained. One of our Sherman tanks is in the foreground. The wide areas of level ground so clearly evident here made our action difficult and costly. M. Dean, National Archives of Canada, PA 131418 Lindy Lindenas, right, and myself, likely around the time we were sharing a slit trench atGrentheville. Caen, July 10,1944. The bombings and shelling given to this ancient and beautiful city were murderous. This is more than a month after D-Day, when Montgomery had contemplated the possibility of taking this heavily defended city on day one.
Well," said the officer, finally, "This fellow makes me ashamed of myself. " ** Through the Knights of Columbus and his good friend Canon Banks, Charlie arranged for flowers on the altar at St. John's every three months in honour of QOR riflemen who had been lost. Canon Banks said a special prayer for each one. Banks had been an artillery sergeant in the first war, had studied for the ministry well after the war, and had accepted his Okie call in the early 1930s. " He wrote to Charlie every month with news from Dixie and reports on the prayers that had been delivered for the fallen.