“No one could refrain from laughing when they saw the [battalion] on the move.”

21 June 1944. France.

Battle of Normandy title“In spite of being pushed hither and yon the day had its amusing incidents. No one could refrain from laughing when they saw the [battalion] on the move. D Company moved complete with their twelve cows, several chickens, a few push carts etc. Most companies had their cows trailing behind their bicycles – and of course they were careful not to trot them too hard – it does something to the milk they say. The signal troops had a little calf – “who would starve if they didn’t take it along” so it was hoisted bodily, bawling lustily into the back of their truck…. If ever there was an army on the move the [Highland Light Infantry] least resembled an army that day. It is well that General Dempsey didn’t drive down that particular road that day.”

-War Diary, Highland Light Infantry of Canada

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