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ISSUE No. 140

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THE BATTLE FOR GEILENKIRCHEN. 1945 Battlefield Tour. The Dickin Medal and the PDSA Animal Cemetery.

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THE BATTLE FOR GEILENKIRCHEN - On November 18, 1944, the Allies launched an assault to capture the German town of Geilenkirchen. Located as it was right on the boundary between the British and American armies in Europe, it was reduced in a joint Anglo-American operation. Karel Margry tells this fascinating story. 1945 Battlefield Tour Major R. G. Matthews takes us back to September 1945 when a party of 23 officers and men of the 4th Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment, plus four men of the affiliated 112th Field Regiment, RA, left their barracks in Oerrel in north-west Germany, to embark on a 16-day tour through Holland, Belgium, France and Germany. The Dickin Medal and the PDSA Animal Cemetery - Gail Parker explains how the founder of the PDSA inaugurated a special award in 1943 to honour those individual animals which had performed brave acts during the war - later extended to peacetime activities. Many of these animals can be found in the PDSA Animal Cemetery in Ilford, Essex.

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