Boys in “C” Squadron Hit
the Dirt Fast When Bombing
Started on Normandy Beach
Commanding “C” Squadron, Elgin Regiment
There were many wrecked German and Canadian vehicles in the ditches. Some German vehicles soon appeared in the squadron area but arm orders made it taboo to drive them because so many break-downs held up traffic. Then jeep parts arrived after every trip made by any of the above-mentioned mechanics. First, a chassis, then a wheel, then another wheel next a windshield, a radiator, a top, etc.- all scrounged from knocked-out vehicles along the roads.
This pile of junk had to be toted along from place to place when we moved, hidden in the trucks. When the wheels were on it was towed. Finally the jeep was completely assembled and given a coat of paint, including the squadron signs.
The officers were watching the progress of the work with interest. This changed to consternation as later it was learned that the new jeep bore the same number as one of the squadron jeeps and indents for parts had been made out and signed by an officer.