Eighth Army (United Kingdom) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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My grandfather was a little man with tinnitis and a predilection for John Wayne movies. On his visits to Canada, he preferred to spend time with my older boy cousins rather than with my younger sis and I. Our own conversations resulted in the necessity to repeat, with increasing volume, anything you said to him – a touch annoying. All annoyance ceased, though, when I was old enough to understand what artillery was. I was lucky enough to have bonded with Papa the summer before he died, and got to spend a couple of days in the thrall of his war memories. His tinnitis stemmed from four years’ service as a gunner, including a certain Battle or two of El Alamein. The Eighth Army was his unit.

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