The North Nova Scotia Highlanders war diary reports on October 18, 1944: Weather - damp and cool.
"B" Company moved forward and cleared farm at 115126 (crossroad Oranjedijk / Het Molentje, IJzendijke, Netherlands). "A" Company moved up and cleared area 110133 (crossroad Statendijk / Het Molentje, IJzendijke, Netherlands). "B" Coy then moved forward to dyke and road junction 105120 (Oranjedijk / Willemsweg (N61), IJzendijke, Netherlands). "A" coy moved to 098128 (Groeneweg / Willemsweg / Statendijk). "D" Coy occupied 110133. Command Post moved to 115124 (crossroad Oranjedijk / Het Molentje, IJzendijke, Netherlands). The whole operation was carried out without a shot being fired, but we lost three carriers from mines, our first casualties from mines. It rained hard today and Command Post settled in a little house that had not been harmed. The Scouts moved up around the Command Post and plans were made to move "C" Company up at first light.
No Retreating Footsteps by Will Bird:
Major Wright went out in his jeep and as he drove to B.H.Q. the carrier ahead of him passed a horse that was staying along side of the road. Suddenly there was a loud explosion and when Wright stopped his jeep and looked back the horse had vanished. It had been blown to bits of hair and flesh. It carrier had been blown into the ditch. Privates A. McDougall and C.H. Miller were killed. Sgt. T.W. MacKay and Pte. H.T. Myra were badly wounded. Major Wright managed to get the wounded men into his jeep and drove them to the R.A.P.
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Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!