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  1. CORPORAL HARRY WINTHER'S WAR JOURNAL

     Harry Winther was born on October 22, 1918 in Tversted, Denmark, on a farm that has remained in the Winther family since 1600. His family immigrated to Ostenfeld, Manitoba in 1927, where they began farming. Harry volunteered for the Canadian army in 1940, serving first with the Winnipeg Light Infantry and then with the Saskatoon Light Infantry. He served overseas...
  2. GOING OVERSEAS with Corporal Harry Winther - Part 2

    Continuation of the War Journal of Corporal Harry Winther  Going Overseas On February 4, 1943 we entrained for Halifax and went aboard the Empress of Scotland along with 4000 RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) and 1500 Army troops. My group was billeted on E-deck below the water line, a great place to get sea-sick. On February 5th we left harbor...
  3. CORK FOREST with Corporal Harry Winther - Part 3

    Continuation of the War Journal of Corporal Harry Winther Cork Forest Before being sent to Sicily my contingent spent some time in North Africa. On June 27, 1943 we were warned for draft, everything was very secret, we were confined to camp for a few days, not allowed to communicate with the outside world. We packed our kit and travelled...
  4. SAN LEONARDO with Corporal Harry Winther - Part 4

    Continuation of the War Journal of Corporal Harry Winther San Leonardo December 8, 1943. This morning we were camped on a plateau overlooking the Sangro River Valley, this is quite a wide valley. We can see the enemy breakfast fires across the river. We are out of range from the machine gun fire but an occasional artillery shell lands in...
  5. THIRTY SIX HOUR PATROL with Corporal Harry Winther - Part 5

      Continuation of the War Journal of Corporal Harry Winther Thirty-six hour patrol Our orders from General Montgomery were to cross the mountains to the west side of Italy for the attack on the Hitler Line, I travel in our Bren gun carrier, which is an open vehicle on tracks. We drove through either rain, fog, or clouds and were...

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