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Oral history interview with Alexander Smith Allan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.1 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0001

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Alexander Smith Allan describes being an officer with the 113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery from 1944 to 1945; landing on Sword Beach, Normandy on June 7, 1944; the degree to which anti-aircraft guns were used in Normandy; their rapid advance towards Belgium; the reception by French civilians in Normandy; the assistance of a Belgian liaison officer; participating in the advance towards Arnhem, Netherlands in September 1944; his memories of J.O.E. Vandeleur; experiencing problems crossing the Nijmegen bridge under German 88mm fire; his work during the Ardennes offensive, 1944-1945; their move into Germany February 1945; his experiences in Belsen-Bergen concentration camp in Germany in 1945; entering the camp on April 19, 1945 and the initial sights witnessed in the camp; the clearing work his unit was expected to engage in; the fear of contracting typhus; the nursing of former inmates; problems feeding the survivors; the attitude of survivors to liberation; the sight of a pile of boots; the presence of SS personnel from the camp; warnings against taking revenge on German personnel; the reaction of German civilians to the sight of interior of the camp; his attitude towards German; the character of 'Typhus Joe'; his opinion of the work of British medical students; the burning of camp huts on May 21, 1945; and leaving the camp in May 1945.

Interviewee
Mr. Alexander S. Allan
Date
1991 March 04  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
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