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Archive for 'Blanco’s Wartime (WW2) Stories'

The Wound Badge

 It’s cold tonight, being midwinter February, 2014.  I am very tired and the old brain is slowing somewhat; so to change the pace I thought it might be a nice break to tell a kinda humorous story of how I came to own a German Wound badge, given to me by a wounded German Wehrmacht […]

What is it like to go into combat for the first time?

That’s a question a lot of people have asked me. All I know how to truthfully answer is to say. “That it depends on the situation of every individual soldier, sailor or airman and the intensity of the war or battle at that particular time. “ I met a man who had his leg blown […]

The Battle of Groningen – Holland April 1945

This battle completed the drive north of the Second Canadian Division in which I was a participant. The battle is well described in the reference I gave at the end of my previous article however; all war stories can only describe general conditions and the framework of battles with very few close-up personal experiences of […]

A Day in April 1945 -North to Groningen (cont’d)

When we left the last scene of our story we were about 22 ¾ hours into our day, a very long and exhausting one. Our infantry was at our start line lying in tall grass waiting for our barrage to commence at 5:00 AM when the attack would begin. All was silent. We could hear […]