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TITLE
Their Past, Your Future 2009: Part 3 - Seaforth Highlanders: Fighting in Europe
EXTERNAL ID
TPYF_2009_PART03
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
SOURCE
The Highland Council
ASSET ID
41471
KEYWORDS
World War II
2nd World War
Second World War
interviews
education
army
fighting

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These interviews were conducted by school pupils as part of a 'Their Past Your Future' project.

Donald Smith (interviewed by Ardersier Primary) talks about the fighting conditions in Europe in the winter. He describes the extreme cold and being billeted in barns with rats. He goes on to talk about living in dugouts in Alsace Lorraine and the kinds of defences they had. He describes reaching St Valery as the rear guard for the Dunkirk evacuation and being wounded and captured there.

Duncan Mackenzie mentions a lack of water for shaving and how the men would then drain water from van engines so they could shave. He also talks about the surrender at St Valery and being thanked by General Rommel for his gallant fighting.

Neil Wilson and Duncan Mackenzie speak about marching out of Belgium in the pitch dark under heavy machine gun fire. The one French tank they had for protection was knocked out by the time they had gone about 200 yards.

More than 10,000 men were captured at St Valery after providing a rear guard for the Dunkirk evacuation, and spent the rest of the war in POW camps.

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Their Past, Your Future 2009: Part 3 - Seaforth Highlanders: Fighting in Europe

2000s

World War II; 2nd World War; Second World War; interviews; education; army; fighting

The Highland Council

Their Past, Your Future 2009

These interviews were conducted by school pupils as part of a 'Their Past Your Future' project.<br /> <br /> Donald Smith (interviewed by Ardersier Primary) talks about the fighting conditions in Europe in the winter. He describes the extreme cold and being billeted in barns with rats. He goes on to talk about living in dugouts in Alsace Lorraine and the kinds of defences they had. He describes reaching St Valery as the rear guard for the Dunkirk evacuation and being wounded and captured there.<br /> <br /> Duncan Mackenzie mentions a lack of water for shaving and how the men would then drain water from van engines so they could shave. He also talks about the surrender at St Valery and being thanked by General Rommel for his gallant fighting.<br /> <br /> Neil Wilson and Duncan Mackenzie speak about marching out of Belgium in the pitch dark under heavy machine gun fire. The one French tank they had for protection was knocked out by the time they had gone about 200 yards.<br /> <br /> More than 10,000 men were captured at St Valery after providing a rear guard for the Dunkirk evacuation, and spent the rest of the war in POW camps.