Transcription of letters sent home From Normandy WWII. By Mr. Michael Shields 3rd Battalion Irish Guards.

• Writtell for our beloved Ullcle Michael Shields who was ill jured at Falaise Gap but survived. (This is his storr O/IV/wt he encountered) Ullcle Mick was bom 19'h April J 9 J 4. The protagollist is Francis it couldll be't Uncle Mick ashe survived but the story is what Ullcle Mick saw alld wellt though. All of the illformatioll was given tome by Uncle Mick. (Uncle Mick's humour) Uncle Mick layout all night with the shrapnel in his ankle and up his leg until the Medics found him and took him to a 'tent hospital' where he was asked by a Doctor 'Now what did you do to yourselr Mick thought he was joking so he replied 'I.-an over to the Germans to get shot'. The medics had mistakenly taken him to the tent where somc soldiers 'do harm' themselves. The Doctors then realised he was actually injured by the Germans and was put on a plane and while on the plane he woke up and all he could see were the clouds and thought he had died and gone to 'heaven'. Mick was taken to a hospital in Wales and from thereto Guy's hospital in London where he spent many months. Mick stayed in the Irish Guards until he was demobbed after the war. I have the copy of the photograph of the 30 young men including Uncle Mick (how handsome he looks). The town of Falaise played a pivotal part in the battle for' Normandy. A town of Northern France it stands on the River Ante 20 milcs from Caen. Formerly its chief claim to fame was as the birthplace of William the Conqueror. After the NO"mandy landings -World War II 1944 -it became the focal point for a giant encircling movement by Allied Forces designed to trap the German forces retreating through what came to be known as 'The Falaise Gap'. It then acquired a more bloody claim to fame. 'The Battlefield of Falaise' wrote General Eisenhower (Allied Supreme Commander) 'Is unquestionably one of the greatest killing grounds of any of the war areas'. p.s. Michael is still suffering from the shrapnel in his leg and has decided to use a walking stick.
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