He wrote about his naval experiences on more than one occasion and for different audiences. He wrote personal memoirs in 1975 for his family, newspaper articles in the 1990s for his hometown weekly and short stories for books later published by inspired members of the RCNVR and Combined Operations. About D-Day Italy and his subsequent 30 days of labour upon landing crafts he wrote a good deal.
Father was not the only person to later write about events related to D-Day Italy, a significant invasion that occurred 70 years ago today. Another member of Combined Operations recalls the following:
all description for the long awaited invasion of the continent
very early hours of September 3rd for it was during the hours
before dawn that we sailed through the Strait of Messina with
our long range guns in Sicily and our naval escort blasting the
shoreline in the Reggio di Calabria area with everything we had.
Our guns on the Sicily side were firing directly over our flotilla.
It was indeed a wild and scary sight as we headed in, just as dawn
was starting to break. We had no real understanding as to what
we were going to face. We simply hoped for the best and planned
for the worst. As it turned out the initial enemy opposition was
much lighter than we anticipated.”
[W. Sinclair MacLeod, excerpt from memoirs found at rafbeachunits]
My father recalls opposition was lighter than expected as well. He also recalls that "the devastation was unbelievable."
* ratings: seamen of different rank, e.g., probationary, ordinary, leading
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