8th Rifle Brigade - from Normandy to the Baltic - June 1944 - May 1945

AUDIO TAPES DON GILLATE

In the early 1990’s Don Gillate recorded his life on a large number of audio tapes. The 1944-1945 tapes – 12 hours in all – formed the basis for his autobiography ‘With the 8th Rifle Brigade from Normandy to the Baltic’. These tapes (actually sides, of 45 mins. each) can be listened to here.

Tape 1:

Events before the invasion of Europe; up to Tilbury Docks; sailing for Normandy (Spring 1944).

Tape 2:

The Normandy beaches; the way to the war; Operation Epsom begins (13 – 25 June 1944).

Tape 3:

Cheux; a dead German; across the Odon; Hill 112 (25 – 28 June 1944).

Tape 4:

Hill 112, day 2; withdrawal; preparing for Operation Goodwood (28 June – 17 July 1944).

Tape 5:

Operation Goodwood; from Goodwood to Bluecoat (17 – 29 July 1944).

Tape 6:

Operation Bluecoat; Presles; Le Bas Perrier ridge (30 July – 4 August 1944).

Tape 7:

The end of the beginning; promotion; Falaise to the Seine (4 – 28 August 1944).

Tape 8:

Crossing the Seine; a nightly dash to Amiens; into Belgium (28 August – 3 September 1944).

Tape 9:

Antwerp; Antwerp to Vlierden (4 – 23 September 1944).

Tape 10:

The battle of Vlierden; Losing Vicary (23 September – 8 October 1944).

Tape 11:

A naval battle; rest and refit in Belgium; the Ardennes (8 October – 25 December 1944).

Tape 12:

The Ardennes; Christmas in January; back to Holland (25 December 1944 – 12 March 1945).

Tape 13:

Leave to Brussels; across the Rhine; the battle of Holtwick; leave (12 March – 17 April 1945).

Tape 14:

What happened during leave; torpedoed; a floating concentration camp (17 April – 3 May 1945).

Tape 15:

Prussian peacocks; it’s all over; a day out to Hamburg (May 1945).

Tape 16:

A new life!