POLISHAK, GUST JOHN

Birthdate
Birthplace
Plainview, Saskatchewan, Canada
Age
30
Parents
Son of Stella Polishak of Plainview, Saskatchewan, Canada
Religion
Greek Catholic
Occupation
Farmer
Service number
L/105440
Engagement
1943-03-11
Disembarked
1944-07-03, France
Date of death
1944-10-06
Died
Killed in action, Belgium
Force
Rank
Awards
Regina Rifle Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 5 | Row D | Grave 6
Military grave
Additional info

Married to Nellie Polishak on October 17, 1943.

Had two brothers overseas (Mike and James Polishak). Both are not report as war dead.

The Regina Rifles Regiment war diary reports on October 6, 1944: Weather has been clear and moonlit all night, but very cold. Cold wind all day, but no rain. Adjt and IO move forward at 0030 hrs. CO at 0330 hrs. 2IC moves forward with vehicles at 0630 hrs and BnHQ set up at 019013 (crossroad Westweg and Moerhuizestraat, between Strobrugge and Moerhuize, Belgium).

Assault commences on time but "A" Coy is turned back by a concentrated MG fire. "B" Coy force crossing and hold position with considerable casualties. "D" Coy goes in and after some difficulty force crossing and hold on despite continues MG and Mortar fire, arriving on other side at 0855 hrs. "C" Coy follow on "D" Coy.

Axis and get across and firmly establish by 1020 hrs. MG and Mortar fire are continues, many landing in area of BnHQ, along road. Fighter bombers attack targets in vicinity of Aardenburg, Netherlands at 1115 hrs. Continued counter attacks by enemy makes it impossible for our Coy's to move forward and "A" Coy are sent across. 

Praise is due to our SP Artillery, who bring down tasks immediately on request, and break up what appeared to be several attempts at organized counter attack.

Enemy became quiet during evening and darkness falls without a major counter attack being put in. O Gp at 2330 hrs CO reviews operations so far, and expresses his satisfaction and that of higher comd, That our Coy's have held to their bridgeheads despite opposition, which turned out to be much stronger than expected along this line of canal. Fact that we have been unable to advance to our objectives has not displeased higher command. Locations of Sub Units: "A" Coy 017019 (250 meters from Belgium/Netherlands border), "C" Coy 021018 (right of "A" Coy near Vlotweg), "D" Coy 013018 (left of "A" Coy), "B" Coy (Royal Montreal Regiment) have insufficient personnel left to carry on as a Company and join "A" Coy (RRR).

POLISHAK, GUST JOHN
Photo provided by Elaine Polishak (granddaughter)