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BC: Front Cover - http://thisisveryveryinteresting.blogspot.com/ 1 - www.6juin1944.com/assaut/juno/lci299.jpg 2 - www.battlefieldtours.org.uk/juno%20beach.jpg 3 - www.waffen-ss.no/Bilder/HJ-Norrey-en-Bessin.jpg 4 - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/AmbushedGermanconvoy.jpg 5 - http://wwii.ca/photos/belgium/belgium_sniper.jpg 6 - http://warchronicle.com/canadian_third_div/regimentals_wwii/matheson.jpg 7 - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6b/Acrossthescheldt.jpg 8 - http://wwii.ca/photos/scheldt/scheldt3.jpg 9 - http://users.skynet.be/jeeper/hmg.jpg 10 - http://users.skynet.be/jeeper/etowinter.jpg 11 - http://wwii.ca/photos/netherlands/nld_bridge.jpg 12 - http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/3314923.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages &k=2&d=11B127B063386F615296108D8A239893A55A1E4F32AD3138 13 - http://www.csupomona.edu/~rosenkrantz/paratroop/ nijmegenphoto2f.jpg 14 - http://wwii.ca/photos/netherlands/nld_rijssen.jpg 15 - http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/ap/a/a134390-v6.jpg Sites for information - http://wwii.ca/index.php, http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=feature/netherlands2005, http://www.junobeach.org/main.html By Chad Moran

FC: Sgt. Cecil A. Moran

1: June 6th, 1944 - D-Day at Juno Beach Today we are supposed to land on Juno Beach and take it over from the Germans. I'm looking forward to getting off this boat finally and being a part of this war. We're told we're about 14,000 strong and we're going to have 450 parachuters support us, dropping in behind enemy lines. From what I gather if i make it through today, I'm a lucky man.

2: June 6th, 1944 - After D-Day We took over Juno Beach today, but we lost about 350 men, one was my buddy Pete. It's so tough losing someone you grew up with. But I need to man up and keep fighting for Pete, my family, and Canada's freedom. We took the beachhead in 2 hours, we made some good time.

3: June 7th, 1944 - Village of Buron Today we ran into a younger looking, fierce group of German soldiers a few kilometers south of Buron that forced us back. They threw everything they had at us, they couldn't be stopped. We put up a tough fight but we were forced to retreat.

4: July - August 1944 - The Battle of Falaise Gap We came from the north and worked our way south. We battled hard, but it started off slow. We took the Falaise Gap by August 17th. We can't believe it, we had a constant air attack on the Nazis but they still caused serious damage to our troops. They weren't going to lay down infront of us that's for sure.

5: Sometime in August, 1944 - Belgium I've lost track of what day it is but everyone believes it to be sometime in August. Our main goals are to gain control of the coast and to open the English Channel ports for supplies to help our advance. I don't know how much more of this I can take.

6: Sept - Oct, 1944 - Leopold Canal We crossed Leopold Canal today, despite the Nazis machine gun and artillery fire. We had a close quarters firefight today, it was so intense and scary. I miss you so much mom, I wish I could just wake up in my own bed, to the smell of you cooking one of your famous gourmet breakfasts.

7: October-November,1944 - Holland,The Battle of the Scheldt We've been fighting this battle for a couple weeks now and we're all getting sick of this, we just want it to end, aslong as it doesn't end us. So far we've lost about 6,000 men.The end is in sight...for this battle

8: November 8th, 1944 - Battle of the Scheldt We've finally won!!! The fight was made more difficult becasue of the floody, muddy ground. This battle was extremely bloody and rough. Lots of us have gotten Trench foot because of the damp ground and lack of clean boots and socks. All of us long for home.

9: December, 1944 - Holland Today we heard about the the South Alberta Regiment and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. Back in August they fought a vicious battle at Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives. There were fewer than 200 Canadiansand they killed, captured and wounded around 3,000 Germans during that battle. That news gave everyone here a mental boost and the inspiration that they can do that too.

10: all just want to go home and see our families, wives, children, girlfriends and friends. But we realize that life will be miserable for them unless we have the freedom that we're fighting for. | December, 1944 - Holland We've been here for a few months now and the Nazis are putting up a hell of a fight. This is torture. Every other day a new friend dies on the battlefield. I can't wait to get out of this freezing hell. Noone can wait to get out of this freezing hell. We

11: January, 1945 - Holland We've been battling the Germans in trenches, on open fields and in the forests. All of us are worn out but have to keep plugging on. We. Will. Win.

12: November, 1944 - Holland Today we got news that Ottawa was sending 16,000 more troops. It made me happy knowing that we were getting help, but sad at the same time. I was sad for them and their families. They don't know exactly what they're coming to. Their family may be contacted shortly with the worst news they'll ever hear.

13: May 5th, 1945 - Holland Rumours are going around that the Nazis have surrendered on the | front lines!!! What exciting news, I can't believe this may be the end. I can smell my Ma's breakfast cooking already, I can see her face. Beside her is my father...and my sister!!! If this ain't the truth, by God I'll break down and cry. If this is a lie I'll make them damn Nazis surrender myself!!!

14: It's over!!!!!!! Finally I can go home!!! Wow, Noone thought this would ever come, It's a Miracle! | May 8th, 1945 - Holland | Now all we have to do is liberate the rest of Holland. Then Mom, HERE I COME!!!

15: May 8th - Late May, 1945 - Holland We have now liberated all of Holland!!! They love us, it's nice to get some recognition from the locals, makes us feel that what we did was useful, they are sooo greatful for us. But thank God it'd over now. I'ma comin' home Ma!!! Finally...

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