FC: My Journal
1: June 4th 1944 All our training will be brought to use soon because we are going to attack Juno Beach but the weather is getting worse and our attack has been put off for a while. I'm scared because it will give the Germans time to get ready for us..
2: June 5th, 1944 We are preparing for tomorrow..D-day. We have brought our fleet to invade Juno beach. Tomorrow we will begin the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany. The Americans have Utah and Omaha beaches the British are at Gold beach and Sword on the east side . We have about 150, 000 soldiers, 5,000 ships and landing crafts, 50,000 vehicles and 11,000 planes. I think after all the months of specialized training we are now ready. I am scared.
3: June 6,1944 D Day | Dear family..Today is June 6, 1944 also known out here as D Day. Today we stormed the beaches of Normandy. I am very lucky to be alive because as soon as we got off the ships we were bombarded by the Germans and their machine guns. I am very blessed to be alive. I have to go now but I will try to write as soon as possible.
4: June 8th 1944 We have not slept since we attacked Juno beach. We have been holding the Normandy beach head and to do this we have had to fight off the German counter attacks.
5: June 12th 1944 D-Day is less than a week old. I'm so proud of my friend Andrew Charles Mynarski because he won the Victoria Cross today in Cambrai, France. Lots of bombers were pounding German positions, but today Patrick Brophy, from Ontario was feeling nervous. Andrew Mynarski from Winnipeg, could see his our buddy had something on his mind. As it got dark the both of them waited for orders to get aboard their bomber which was carrying 22,000 pounds in explosives. Patrick and Andrew didn't know that this would be their last mission together.Their assignment called for a raid on Cambrai rail yard. Patrick and Andrew have had 13 assignment together and this one was to end on June 13th. Patrick thought there were too many unlucky numbers. Andrew tried to make Patrick feel better by giving him a four-leaf clover. It ended up being super lucky for Patrick. Andrew should have given himself a four leaf clover because he died early the next day because of his heroic act aboard their wrecked bomber. Andrew won a Victoria Cross for his bravery.
6: July 8th 1944 We have our sights set on the city of Caen. It lies between Orne River and Caen canal. With water on both sides it will make the German defense strong. We also need it because it's a road hub and it's open and good for an air field.
7: July 25th 1944 Today was spent trying to capture Verrieres Ridge and the towns on the south slope of the ridge. General Guy Simonds led the attack but unfortunately the Germans were ready for us and Operation Spring was unsuccessful.
8: August 8th 1944 We broke out from South Caen today and headed to Falaise. It was Operation Totalize today and it was a success. Hill 140 is ours.
9: August 18th 1944 Today David Vivian Currie was honored with the Victorian Cross | because of when he led an attack on a village which had one of Germans' main escape routes. 300 German soldiers were killed during this attack and 1100 captured. David is the only person to recieve a VC during the Normandy campaign.
10: January 5th 1945 We had 13, 000 soldiers go to Britian but only a few thousand of us ended up fighting because the war ended before all of us could enter into combat.
11: March 5,1945 Well it looks like our 8 months of fighting has finally ended. The Germans surrendered their troops over to Lt. Gen. Charles Foulkes. I'm physically and mentally exhausted. I will be home soon.
12: March 25th 1945 2 more Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross this month. Sgt. Aubrey Cosens & Marjor Frederick George Topham. Frederick rescued 3 men from a burning personnel carrier.
13: May 6th 1945 The people of Holland sure have something to be happy about. Town by town we've pushed the Germans out of here. The war is coming to an end. I feel so good about what we've done for these people.
14: May 7th, 1945 Today there were many celebrations going on. The Dutch civilians are honoring us to celebrate the liberation by our Army.
16: June 5th - www.cbc.ca/news/dday/minute.html June 6th 1944 - www.cbc.ca/news/dday/ June 12th - www.pbhistory.ca July 8th - wwii.ca/index.php?page=page&action=showpage&id=21 July 12th, 1944 www.pbhistory.ca/Gr.%2010%20History%20CHC2D%20Web/C6-World%20war%20Two/2D-6.4%20Keeping%20Alive%20a%20Heros%20Death.pdf July 25tj - www.widipedia.org/wiki/operation_spring August 18th - wwii.ca/page89.html wikipedia.org/wiki/david_vivian_currie august 8th - www.geocities.com/dieppe-berlin/1canada/1-battle/france/totalize.html. March 25th - www.worldatwar.net/nations/canada/timeline.html January 5th 1945 - wwii.ca/page89.html May 6th - archives.cbc.ca/war/clips/1682-115681