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Tony Hubert

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  • Tony Hubert portrait.

  • French badge. A blue diamond shaped badge with the cross of Loraine, a cross of the underground that was worn on a shirt sleeve. July, 1944.

  • Typed telegram in french with name and outfit in english. August, 1944.

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"We broke our way through the boxcar and escaped, and was fortunate enough to be in contact with the French Underground, which took us in."

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Tony Hubert in Dauphin, Manitoba. I joined the Ordnance Corps from the start of World War II, and transferred from there in 1942 to the Winnipeg Rifles. My regimental number is 864804. I was with A Company. I took all my training with them, and we landed on the 6th of June, 1944, on the Normandy beaches in France. On the 8th of June, I was captured by the SS... Kurt Meyer's SS troops. From there we were imprisoned in Stalag XIIa in France. We were loaded in boxcars, and were transferred to Germany. I and a couple of Gentlemens, we broke our way through the boxcar and escaped, and was fortunate enough to be in contact with the French Underground, which took us in. Myself, I stayed with them 'til they joined the De Gaullle's French army from Africa, and we fought in the Alps between Germany and France. And then I happened to be one of them that was driving a jeep, and I sort of upset my jeep and hurt myself, and I was in the hospital for a while. I contacted an air force base that happened to be there in that city, and from there they arranged transportation for me to get back to England. The Underground, well, they had it well organized, and I seemed to be one of the heroes there. And by looking after their small arms there in which I had some training, and of course raiding cities, I was awarded the Croix de Guerre.
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