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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-06-05

Gaston Auger was only 17 years old when he parachuted into France in July 1944. But the young Canadian serviceman did not see much combat. Captured by German forces one month later, he spent the rest of World War II a prisoner.

The one-time paratrooper only recently unveiled a trove of mementos he kept from the war to his own family, recounting his harrowing experiences at the hands of the Nazis.

“We walked, and walked, day and night. We were strafed while we were on the road, by our own planes,” the Quebecois remembered of his march from the city of Caen, France, into Germany.

Auger faced forced labour, biting cold and starvation before being liberated by United States forces on May 1, 1945.

To watch FRANCE 24’s full report on WWII veteran Gaston Auger, click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-06-05

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