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Scouting the River Weser, Bremen

by Angela Ng

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Angela Ng
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George Render
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Germany, Bremen
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13 July 2005

George Render with Heaton Manor pupil.

"I'm a pupil from Heaton Manor Comprehensive school, Newcastle upon-tyne, entering George Render's story onto the website, amd tehy full understand the website terms and conditions of use."

I first volunteered for the air force but didn’t get in because of my eyesight. After that I had to wait till I was called up after that but I was in the dad’s army, so when I was called up I knew a little bit about procedures and other things you did in the army. And eventually got posted up to the reconnaissance regiment for training in Scotland, in Loch Maben. And then got put in the 52nd lowland regiment. This regiment’s brief was to re-invade Norway. (But we never did). Some days after after D-Day we landed in Deippe, And then fought into Belgium and Holland. Remained there till British troops started to move again and then ended up in Germany. We were sent to Scout up the side of the river Weser, to see if there were Germans. So we could see if it was safe to land troops there and attack Bremen on the other side of the river. We didn’t see anything the first day so they reported back but they committed a cardinal error the second day which was they went back to the same place again and this time they were waiting for us. And on entering the village they ambushed us and started shooting at us so to escape we jumped into a ditch but the time I got there they had started to throw hand grenades and there was one in the ditch and not seeing it, jumped onto it. And then there was another one by his face and left ear and that blew up and blew off my finger and then another one was there so I thought I would die if I stayed there so I jumped into the rushes of the river. I lay there and the German’s came and picked me up took me into a house and bandaged me and when I was a little better they started to interrogate me and it was a hot day so I didn’t have any uniform on they thought I was a spy but I was so cold from the river so they gave me there overcoat. my assault troop attacked on foot 2 or 3 hours later and drove the Germans back. The Germans were anxious to keep a hold of me so they ripped the door off and used as a stretcher. As the British invaded they dropped me and off they went the British troops found me in the garden and they loaded onto the bonnet of a little
armoured car and drove me into the british lines. The troops that captured me were panzer-grenadiers accompanying tanks when they saw us the tanks opened fire and then we ran the gauntlet until we got out of range from the tanks I got loaded onto a ambulance and someone I knew on the ambulance was swearing at me telling me to keep my legs in but with all my bandages and the fact I was wearing a German overcoat made him think I was a German so he was swearing and shouting at me. And then I was taken to a captured German hospital and lay all night on a stretcher and then was taken to Brussels on a plane and then I nearly died there and then back into England in a Bomber and these are the only two times I have been on a plane. And ended up in Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

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