Getting ashore on D-Day was one thing, staying ashore was something else. The men who stormed Juno Beach also had to hold it against major German counterattacks in the days ahead. It was a race against time. The Allies needed to build up their forces in Normandy, across 100 miles of English Channel, faster than the Germans could concentrate their forces to push the liberators back into the sea.

In the middle of all of this was Rifleman George Carvell of ‘B’ Company, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles. With us to share his story — from the timber mills of New Brunswick to his time in captivity until the end of the war in Europe — is Amanda Shepherd, George Carvell’s great-great niece.

Rifleman George Carvell with his sisters Ruth (left) and Thelma (right), courtesy of Amanda Shepherd

Time Stamps

2:16 The Timber Man

6:18 Beginnings in the Military

10:05 Training and Integration

13:05 June 6th 1944

16:00 Overrun at Putot-en-Bessin

19:00 Captured (Not Murdered) in Normandy

23:57 Early Captivity

30:08 Piecing the Story Together

37:10 Liberation and Homecoming

40:15 Living and Remembering

Guest Biography

Amanda Shepherd is the author of I’m A Survivor, Not a Victim: The Experiences of Normandy Veteran George Carvell. The book was a labour of love since George Carvell was Amanda’s great-great uncle. It was also a scholarly endeavour, being based on Amanda’s Master’s thesis from work with the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick. She is currently an early learning instructor at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta.

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