Bruce Evans, Canadian Veteran - 1st Hussars
By September 1944, from June 6th, the Canadians had fought their
way up through Normandy. then we proceeded north to Boulogne and
on to Calais and Cap Gris Nez.
We had some scary battles there, dealing with the guns. The fort
at the Cap was massive, but we took the area with few
casualties. We were pleased to know
that the big guns at the Cap could no longer harrass and fire
across those miles to the Dover area.
The Germans at the Cap were a mixed bunch. Some were naval
personnel, the rest army. They had all the comforts of home,
concrete stairs led down to sleeping quarters and kitchen
facilities. They were well supplied with the best food - some
very good canned vegetables and fruit. My B squadron were
positioned right up by the big guns at Cap Gris Nez. We spend
most of a day looking around. There was a lot of see in and out
of the fortress.
My main order here was to
keep wireless communications open by receiving messages from
other tanks and relaying them to headquarters several miles
away. The only souvenir I took was the field glasses that were
used by the fort commandant, a Colonel Schilling, who was also a prisoner. His fort staff were not
really prepared to fight it out with skilled troops from our
We moved on later to
Belgium, to Brussels, and then, in October, north into Holland.
Mr Evans was a gunner, wireless operator, and tank commander.
He was 20/21 when he took part in the actions above. He had met
his future wife, Kathleen, just weeks before, in April 1944. She lived on
the south coast of England, near Gosport.
Bruce and Kathleen were married on 4th September 1945. They
now have a daughter and son-in-law, and a granddaughter. They
returned many times to Europe in the 1980s and 1990s, as tour
guides escorting Canadian veterans of the Second World War back
to Normandy and Holland. In 2004 Bruce was presented with the
Governor General's Caring Canadian Award. Bruce is a lifelong
member of the Royal Canadian Legion and of the united Church of
Canada, and their daughter is a minister.
There is more of his story here, on
The Memory Project
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