Battle Diary: From D-Day and Normandy to the Zuider Zee and VE

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Dundurn, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 191 pages
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A fast-paced account by a soldier who was twice decorated. Charlie Martin, company sergeant-major in the Queen's Own, was with his beloved A Company in all of the significant Normandy actions.

 

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Contents

A Profile of Charlie Martin and the Times That Were
xi
BernièressurMer
1
A Price to Pay
18
Reinforcements Arrive
24
The Silent Stalkers of A Company
30
Five Days of Bombardment
37
Foxholes and Slit Trenches
41
Hot Water and Clean Underwear
44
The Scheldt Estuary Breskens Pocket and the Battle of Oostburg
88
And Joe Meaghers Wound
96
Mortars Carriers and Antitanks
100
Taking Over from the 82nd Airborne
102
The Day Bert Shepherd Kept Quiet
107
A Minefield in the Dark
109
Teacups and Rum
114
Mooshof and Steeg the Rhinelands Toughest Fighting
116

An Objective Too Far
46
Beaches This Time Friendly
52
Hedgerow
54
RobertMesnil and Maizières on the Falaise Road
61
Scenes of Total War
67
The Changes Sink In
70
The Pursuit across France
73
The First Port
75
Bombs Dug In and Wired
83
HochwaldBalberger Wald Road
126
Another Version
130
Crossing the Rhine
133
First War Mud
134
The Last Battle
141
Epilogue
147
Acknowledgments
149
Appendices
151
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About the author (1994)

Charles Cromwell Martin became at twenty-four one of the youngest company seargeant-majors in the history of the Queen's Own, Canada's historic rifle regiment. In the D-Day invasion, his landing craft was among the first of 4,123 to hit the beaches of Normandy. Charlie has lived, very happily, with his war bride Vi, working for the Department of Agriculture, raising a family.

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