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Ian Syme (Primary Source)

"People, unless they're very stupid or very unintelligent, do feel fear. You live with fear."

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David Abells (Primary Source)

"When I think of my grandchildren at 18 years old, I would, heck, definitely not like to think that they would have to see this type of thing."

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Verna Ritchie (Primary Source)

"Early '44, the call came for three Red Cross girls to go to St. Dunstan's, which was the rehabilitation centre for war blind in England, and I was one of the three."

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Malcolm MacConnell (Primary Source)

"I thought we were really done for but I was able to get back up into the clouds and I abandoned my attack. But that was a very very close one."

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Robert Yule (Primary Source)

"We started, at first, we were not allowed to associate with the German folks but after a bit, they lifted the fraternization bar and we would have dance parties"

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Milton Shefman (Primary Source)

"I was only about nineteen or so and, you know, when you're young, death is so distant to you."

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Alexander “Mack” Esdon (Primary Source)

"I was sent out to just check on lines. And this covering of artillery shells of all sizes going over, made for a very eerie and disquieting, but comforting, sound"

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Murray Heselton (Primary Source)

"It was quite traumatic, to change from being up in the air force flying every day to getting up in the morning, and from seeing everybody in a blue uniform, and all of a sudden, you’re into a civilian dress."

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Patrick Reidy (Primary Source)

"I participated in some of the now-famous battles – the Battle of Normandy, the Falaise Gap, the Scheldt, the Battle of the Rhineland and the crossing of the Rhine River…"

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Grace Breau-Theriault (Primary Source)

"We were a casualty clearing station on D Day. So we had boys back from the battlefield the same day."

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Tannes Hesje (Primary Source)

"We were probably ten miles or more out of Rotterdam and we just loaded up and went towards Rotterdam. And then we met the Germans coming the other way. And we weren’t supposed to greet them too much because they were our enemy but they were just people like everybody else I guess."

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Stirling Albert “Squares” Squarebriggs (Primary Source)

"And of course, I was all ready for him, I said, first of March 1924. Well, he said, he figured that out and he said, okay, you’re 17, so you’re okay."

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Margaret Davies (Primary Source)

"They hit the Wellington Barracks chapel right on and most of them were killed. I think the band was killed and, of course, if I hadn’t been disobedient, I would have been there."

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William A. Millard (Primary Source)

"Those aircraft with 12, either 12,000 or 16,000lb of bombs they were carrying; 2,154 gallons of high octane fuel. When they got hit, it was all over right now, you know. That's something, I guess, that you kept in the back of your mind."

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Louis Antoine Tremblay (Primary Source)

"We had some tough battles but nothing like Carpiquet. We had our first rest period after 39 days."

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Abe Jeffrey Levine (Primary Source)

"... once the screeching stopped, and that was agonizing, because you figured you’d be blowing up any, any second. And then blissful silence. That was that."

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Anthony Russell (Primary Source)

"I went my own road, I didn’t follow the herd. And then I ran into the Americans. I stayed with the Americans to the end of the war."

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Reid Byron Myers (Primary Source)

"The carnage, the wreckage, the stench, the dead bodies, human and animal: it was unreal."

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Bill Renwick (Primary Source)

"Three days after D-Day, I became a prisoner of war. There was about eight of us got nailed."

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