Veteran Stories:
Bruno Bobak

  • The Memory Project, Historica Canada
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"There were... people, German soldiers walking on the road. We thought they must be prisoners of war. So we kept on going. We got to the point where there were so many Germans that we realized that we weren’t on our side anymore..We quickly turned the jeep around and roared back as fast as we could. "

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Death looked pretty awful. I do remember once, my driver and I going out in the jeep. And as you probably know, during the Second World War, there was not always a clearly defined line between where they were and where we were. But, you know, one sort of took a cross roads five miles away and one sort of controlled that territory because one controlled the crossroad. But I do remember once going out in the jeep with my driver. And we were driving to where we thought were Canadian Forces. Suddenly we turned around. We realized that there were German people, German soldiers walking on the road. We thought, oh, they must be prisoners of war. So we kept on going. We got to the point where there were so many Germans that we realized that we weren’t on our side anymore. I think we quickly turned the jeep around and roared back as fast as we could. By this time the Germans had realized that we were also in the wrong place. They were shooting at us on the way back. [laughter]. So that was just about as close as I came to being captured.

 

Interview with Bruno Bobak - FCWM Oral History Project

Accession Number CWM 20020121-207

George Metcalf Archival Collection

© Canadian War Museum

 

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