Oct. 17-19, 1943

Oct. 17 Still in the same place – nothing new, but rumours are still very thick, either that we are going back to England or that we are moving forward. Have heard no more about my trip to England, so I guess that is off.

Oct. 18 – Col. Hunter received word today of his promotion to A.D.M.S. – 1st. Echelon. We staged an impromptu party in celebration. Not bad.

Oct. 19 – Have painted and resorted all supplies in section. Expect to move up in the vicinity of Campobasso by the last of the week. E.B. Queche has flown to Catania today, so I have been kept very busy. Russel Nobel flew to England today – Lt. Col. Received 21 letters tonight – ranging from June 14 to Oct. 5. I have no further news of my possible move to England – don’t know whether there is still a possibility or not. Am really not awfully interested one way or another.

Unidentified Canadian soldiers with their Universal Carrier and a mule carrying supplies, Italy, 9-18 October 1943. Credit: Capt. Alex M. Stirton / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and ArchivesCanada / PA-205160

Unidentified Canadian soldiers with their Universal Carrier and a mule carrying supplies, Italy, 9-18 October 1943.
Credit: Capt. Alex M. Stirton / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and ArchivesCanada / PA-205160

Oct. 15-19, 1943: extended account of the Italian campaign.

On Oct. 15 when Italy declared war on Germany, the reaction is funny, everybody laughs and pays no attention to it at all.

On Oct. 18/43 Col. Hunter receives word of his promotion to full Col. ADMS – 1st Echelon. We hold a little impromptu meeting in the evening, but rather mild.

On Oct. 19/43 – E.B. Queche flew to Catania to visit his wife who is a nurse in No. 5 Canadian General. Only takes a couple of hours to make the flight. I am making arrangement to have Ralph transferred into the Legion. It will be a warm comfortable place for him when I am gone. I am very anxious that it goes through.

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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