The Second World War is never far from the heart and mind of 97-year-old veteran Bill Anderson, whose 5th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, landed in Normandy on D-Day +6 and fought its way through Europe and into Germany.
Appointed a troop commander after the lieutenant in charge was killed, the native of Saint John, N.B., saw action in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
On Nov. 11, he was at the National War Memorial in Ottawa for the 2019 Remembrance Day ceremony.
The Germans “scared the daylights out of us,” said Anderson, who will represent Ontario veterans on a pilgrimage marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands in 2020. “But I had a good group of people that I served with without injury and without injury to my men. And I’m very h...