A view of the crowded beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.Allan Backman
A view of Caen, France in July, 1944. Allan Backman's unit marched for 23 hours to get there and came right up on the heels of a German regiment.Allan Backman
"When the war was over, I was in Germany. I was in most of the major campaigns. I stayed in Germany after the war was over for fourteen months, as an occupational soldier"
I'm Allan Backman. I enlisted in 1942. I served until 1946. I served in Canada, Scotland, England. I went to France in 1944 and started right across Europe. When the war was over, I was in Germany. I was in most of the major campaigns. I stayed in Germany after the war was over for fourteen months, as an occupational soldier. I came home and didn't get out – I joined the Reserve Army.
We had a crew of five people, and our main job was to keep everything moving, and we were on the highways most of the time. We were never connected with our own outfit. We were attached, most of the time, to the 4th Canadian Armoured.
Things happened, but it's hard to put it together to say that it was something exciting. I just happened: You did what you had to do, and you had to leave. I said before, I'm not a hero, but I was there. I can't say anything more than that about it.