Duncan–“Frosty”– Campbell–Stout Heart

 

    Wherein we see one of the thousands of stories of Canada’s part in ending the German attempt at enslaving the world.

    Duncan Campbell was in the Dundas, Stormont and Glengarry Highlanders, a Canadian infantry regiment which served in World Wars 1 and 2. So had Warrant Officer Campbell who was” too old” for World War 2. Duncan was 50 in 1944 with the nickname Frosty because of his white hair. Duncan had fought in World War 1 and vigorously denied he had because that would not coincide with the years he shaved off his age so that he could invade Europe with his regiment. The Army finally caught up with his real age and  stopped him from going. Frosty had additional motivation because he saw two of his friends murdered by German troops in World War 1.

     Frosty, wise in the ways of the army, wangled his way into a clerical position, dyed his hair and moustache black, and posted himself to his regiment. When he go there, the officers thought he was so valuable that they ignored the telegrams demanding his return to non-combatant duty and Frosty soon became a Company Sergeant Major.

    The Canadian Army’s job in the spring of 1945 was to clear the Germans from the south side of the Rhine, preparatory to crossing the last natural barrier into Germany. The Germans had flooded as much of the country as they could and mined the roads. During the attack in the Hochwald, Frosty was running supplies to his platoons when his jeep hit a mine, killing him and two other soldiers of the regiment.

    Frosty always wanted to get to Germany, so when the Lieutenant-Colonel of the regiment found one of Frosty’s walking sticks, he took it across the Rhine and buried it in Germany. Frosty’s wish was granted.    

Observe countrymen, great men have passed this way.

   This is from the seven volumes of  We Were There.  Front line observations by Canadian fighting troops in World War 2, a monumental, 25 year work by  Jean E. Portugal who interviewed hundreds of veterans.

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