Author Archives: Wendy Bertsch
On October 4, 1943, Tommy is wounded again, this time in Italy. Here’s the report in the Toronto newspaper: Once again, of course, his age as reported here is incorrect. Tommy was only twenty years old at the time. Advertisements
…..Here’s how the Toronto newspaper reported the wounds Tommy sustained in Sicily. …..Because Tommy claimed to be eighteen in order to join the army in 1939, his age as reported here was incorrect. He had actually turned twenty only a … Continue reading
This is the plan under which Tommy left the front for home in time for Christmas 1944: Notice that married men were given preference. Lucky for Tommy–he had been shot a couple of times. Soldiers got extra credit for getting … Continue reading
Praise for Canadian regiments (including Tommy and the 48th Highlanders) who smashed through the German Hitler Line on May 24, 1944, pushing towards Rome.
The sergeant and private mentioned in this article were actually a corporal and a batman. The batman died, and the corporal was Tommy, who got shot in the shoulder. I turned up this article in my research on Dodging Shells … Continue reading
Battleground around ‘Cemetery Hill’, where Tommy spent a grim Christmas in 1943.
Tommy was among the first troops to land on the beach in Sicily