Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brave Soldiers Didn't Deserve 'Dodgers' Tag ; VIEWPOINTSWrite To: Viewpoints, MEN, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brave Soldiers Didn't Deserve 'Dodgers' Tag ; VIEWPOINTSWrite To: Viewpoints, MEN, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

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IN answer to the query from K Benyon (What was a Dodger?, Viewpoints, June 21), the D Day Dodgers was a disrespectful name given to our soldiers who were serving in the Italian campaign at the time of D-Day.

Those so-called dodgers had been fighting overseas for some three years on that day. Older soldiers in my own regiment had battled through North Africa until the defeat of the German Afrika Corps, then, almost immediately invaded Sicily.

They then crossed to Salerno on the toe of Italy, to fight on until the Germans packed it in, in May 1945.

The Italian campaign was a vicious one, with strong and strategic lines of defence to be overcome as the Allied Forces pressed forward.

By the time the regiment reached the town of Trieste, most of the original troops had become casualties, and they had been replaced by new recruits from Blighty. …

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