Saturday, October 26, 2013

Oct

26

1943

The Irish Brigade in the trenches in Italy

An Achilles 17pdr tank destroyer of 93rd Anti-Tank Regiment crossing the River Savio on a Churchill ARK which was driven into the river, 24 October 1944.

I slept for about 6 hours – my batman waking me once with a cup of tea. I awoke at 3, feeling a new man. A merciful providence saved my life for 5 minutes later a shell burst 5 yards from where I had been sleeping, and the blanket was covered with large bits of shrapnel. I would not have stood an earthly, if I had been there.