ABOUT THIS EPISODE
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.
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
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.