Army; Peacekeeping; Cold War
I was born in East Prusshia and my mother, brother and I had to flee from advancing Russian troops in 1945 to Germany. When we arrived in Germany we were not welcomed as now we were allotted some of their rations and accommodations and were considered as refugees. My father was conscripted in the German Army in 1939, he became a prisoner of war with the USA and we did not connect with him till 1947 through the Red Cross. I can remember walking along the railroad track with my brother and gathering coal and potatoes that fell of the rail cars for survival. And in many occasions defending our rations from rats, most houses where partially or completely destroyed and varmints where everywhere. We came to Canada through the Refugee program in 1953 and came to Lethbridge, Alberta. The hardship one encounters when coming to a strange country; not speaking the language, bullying and harassment as were Germans (we started the war and all that was done during this war). I always say how thankful I have been, our first move was with just our clothes on our back, our second move was with one suitcase each, our last move we made was a large semi truck and trailer.
We had 17 different postings in my 30 years in the forces; longest time of 10 years in Europe, 1963-1966, 1969-197. 2 of the postings were Peacekeeping. Many different qualifications in 30 years, bartender, president of mess committee, senior explosive instructor, intelligence, advanced armour, leadership training, management training, interpreter for unit in Germany, parachuting, Nijmegen march, jungle warfare training in Australia, and all arms drill training in Pirbright England.