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Finding the man war left behind Dad hid horrors of war; Army records tell father's story Canadians set to revisit Italy
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Laidlaw, Stuart
Date: Oct 24, 2004
Start Page: A.01
Section: News
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Some of the bloodiest fighting of the war took place in Italy and Sicily as the Allies fought their way through the mountains to Rome while the Germans - even after Italy had been liberated - struggled to keep the country's airstrips and industrial centres out of Allied hands.

The papers also offered glimpses of my two grandfathers, men I never met. Both fought at the Somme in the World War I. My father's father was shot twice. It was my father's thick service record that I found most engrossing. The notations are sparse, and sometimes amusing, but poring over those 48 pages, I am able to piece together a picture of my father, the man who was my template for all men.

Robert Howard Laidlaw, right, is pictured in a dugout in the Reichwald Forest in Germany toward the end of World War II. David Cooper toronto star Robert Howard Laidlaw's medals, which reflect his career as a soldier in the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1976, rest on a photo taken in Germany and his army paybook. David Cooper toronto star Robert Howard Laidlaw's medals, which reflect his career as a soldier in the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1976, rest on a photo taken in Germany and his army paybook.

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