Dispatch riders had doubly dangerous duties during the Second World War
One shell fell behind him, and when a second exploded just ahead, dispatch rider Gordon Edward Allen knew German gunners were homing in on him.
“They can hear that stupid bike of yours,” said the sergeant giving Allen directions that would take him behind enemy lines. “I’m getting the hell out of here.”
But Allen could not. He had orders to find a medical team stranded behind enemy lines in an area of France about to be bombarded by the Allies.
Allen found the team along a farm lane between Caen and Falaise, burying two of their members. He told them the Germans knew he was nearby, so they needed to exit quietly. “Don’t rev it, because if you do, we’re going to get it,” he told the ambulance driver. “...