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Plan for Leave – November 1944

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

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The Drive North to Rimini – September 1944

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Canadians Break Through the Hitler Line – May 1944

Praise for Canadian regiments (including Tommy and the 48th Highlanders) who smashed through the German Hitler Line on May 24, 1944, pushing towards Rome.

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Wounded Near Campobasso, October 1943

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

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Fighting Near Ortona

Battleground around ‘Cemetery Hill’, where Tommy spent a grim Christmas in 1943.

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Monty Praises Canadian Soldiers

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November 22, 1944 – Part 1

(Dodging Shells gave you Tommy’s letters to his sister, from the front. Kathy’s letters in response tell of life in wartime Toronto.) November 22, 1944 Dear Tommy, …..We’re all concerned over here. Hitler hasn’t been looking well. The armchair diagnosticians … Continue reading

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Introducing Tommy

Dodging Shells is about a Canadian soldier fighting through Italy in World War II. Tommy tells his own story, through letters to his twin sister in Toronto. He’s young–only nineteen when the book begins with the invasion of Sicily–but he’s … Continue reading

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