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

A Day in April 1945 – North to Groningen

The largest city in eastern Holland and the farthest north is the city of Groningen. My previous tale of the Kangaroo and the Badger occurred while on the way to liberate that city. The actual liberation of Groningen occurred a few days later and was the end of our drive and our Regiment’s fighting in […]

The Kangaroos and the Badger

The cold weather has set in and although the calendar has been very packed, I thought I would tell you about another adventure of mine during WW 2 in Europe that ties in with a very interesting story of our famous Canadian Kangaroo Regiment written by Chuck Konkel last August 8, 2010 and published by […]

Merry Christmas 1944 – World War 2

A Memorable Christmas Day Today is exactly 66 Christmases from Christmas 1944. That long ago Christmas is still vivid in my memory. We were Holland somewhere close to the lower Rhine called the Neder Rhine. Every three weeks or so my artillery battery left its regular winter gun positions and traveled to a more forward […]

A Mercy Killing – Captain Robert Semrau

A Canadian court marshal in Petawawa Ontario is about to pronounce judgment on Captain Robert Semrau, an infantry combat officer who is suspected of carrying out a mercy killing of a seriously wounded Afghan enemy insurgent fighter. As a WW2 combat veteran of that long ago war I need to comment on this case, not […]