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Our Canada - - In Our Words - Leonard James Brown

Leonard joined the 30th Re­con­nais­sance/es­sex reg­i­ment (tank) in July of 1943. He soon trans­ferred to the 17th Duke of York's Royal Cana­dian Hus­sars. “Dad wanted me to be a dis­patch rider, but when he found out the life ex­pectancy was shorter than air­crew, he changed his mind. I joined the ar­moured corps and be­came a Bren gun car­rier driver in­stead. Many times, I drove di­rectly at Ger­man ma­chine gun nests with bul­lets fired at us, bounc­ing all over the front of the car­rier.” Leonard was dis­charged in 1945. pro­duced by Veter­ans Voices of Canada, please visit vetvoice­can.org.

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