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  1. 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...
  2. FORWARD OBSERVATION POST with Corporal Harry Winther - Part 6

      Continuation of the War Journal of Corporal Harry Winther Forward Observation Post Lt. Rankin woke me before daylight and told me to call Casey, one of our signals, he said the Carlton and York Regiment had driven a wedge into the enemy lines and the West Nova Scotia Regiment was making an attack this afternoon. We have been ordered...
  3. AIR ATTACK with Corporal Harry Winther - Part 7

    Continuation of the War Journal of Corporal Harry Winther Air Attack Dec. 28/43. We had just set up machine guns and mortars to support the engineers who were trying to put a Bailey bridge across a little river. I had put my blankets and pack in a large culvert under the road where I planned to sleep. An engineer officer...
  4. IN HOSPITAL with Corporal Harry Winther - Part 9

        Continuation of the War Journal of Corporal Harry Winther In Hospital We’re headed across the mountains again to the Adriatic side, the move is supposed to be secret so we travel at night. These mountain roads are built for donkey carts and are full of sharp curves and switchbacks, especially difficult for my Bren gun carrier trying to...
  5. WINTER IN RAVINE with Corporal Harry Winther - Part 8

      Continuation of the War Journal of Corporal Harry Winther Winter in Ravine After the battle of Ortona which the historians called the bloodiest battle of the war it really settled down to rain, we pushed forward as far as we could but soon everything was a sea of mud. The tanks were bogged down and unable to move for...

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