Lt. Walter White remembers- courtesy of his daughter Marilynn, in MS Word doc.
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This interesting piece of history was recorded in a DND film in 1945 called "Green Fields Beyond",
as described below and is held in archives at Ottawa. The Sherman tank "Bomb" itself was
retrieved from an intended scrapyard in Belguim, after hostilities ceased, and arrived in Halifax by
troopship with the returning unit. It is today on display in Sherbrooke, Quebec. (see above link)
Fonds/collection: CANADA. DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE / MINISTHRE DE LA DIFENSE
Item number (ISN): 193970
Title: Green Fields Beyond
Accession number: 1982-0246
Film about the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment (27th Armoured Regiment) during the Second World
War. In England, prior to D-Day, Troopers J.W. "Tiny" Hall of British Columbia; A.W. Alfred Rudolph
of Clairsholm, Alberta; "Red" Fletcher of Timmins, Ontario; and Lance Corporal J.G. "Rudy"
Moreau of Quebec, all of the Sherbrookes, receive their M4A4 Sherman tank (Serial No. T152656)
and christen it "Bomb" at the Sun Inn pub.
This is the heroic story of an unstoppable Sherman tank and two Nova Scotia officers who commanded it towards the
heart of Nazi Germany in the final months of the Second World war.
The cramped tank was nicknamed "Bomb", one of four Canadian-built Sherman tanks in B Squadron of The Sherbrooke
Fusiliers. It was among scores of Canadian tanks that dropped out of landing craft off Juno Beach on D-Day , roared
through heaving seas to join the chaos on the beaches of Normandy.
"Bomb" was the only Canadian tank that rolled unstopped from D-Day to VE-Day, fighting its way from the beaches of
France through Holland and into Germany. It travelled 4000 kilometers, fired 6000 rounds and never missed a day of action.
Lieutenant Walter White of West Gore, Hants Co.
took command of B squadron in Holland, as the allies
were pushing the Germans east. Tall and confident,
White had operated a small general store at home before
At 24, he signed on with the Halifax Rifles and studied
aerial map making-ironically all his war experience
would be inside the claustrophobic armoured shell of
his Sherman tank.
One night, White's Squadron was camped in the
Hochwald Forest, halted by the mighty Rhine River.
The intrepid commander had an idea. The next
morning, his crew sealed the tanks to make them
watertight, wrapped them with compressed air hoses,
and floated the 31 tonne tanks across the Rhine.
taking the enemy by surprise.
As the fighting continued into Deventer, Holland,
White took a shrapnel wound in the leg, and was
evacuated to hospital in England.
His replacement was another Nova Scotian, Ernest Mingo
from Tatamagouche. In early 1941, Mingo had gone to Halifax
to enlist in the air force. But his partial colour-blindness kept him out of the cockpit. Instead, he settled for the army.
After a training stint in England, Mingo joined the battle group in northern Holland, in the winter of 44-45. "B" Squadron was
heavily engaged for weeks clearing Germans along the Zuider Zee and through northern Holland, then pushing into German
border town of Ernden. Mingo recalls the moment his radio cracked with the news of the end of the war. We were still
facing the enemy that morning when the word cam over-"Unload, clear guns, the war is over" he says.
The day before, Mingo had his tanks stationed a few hundred metres outside a small German town, still occupied by a "
fanatical" German officer. " the land between us was covered with dead German soldiers. He must have known the war
was over, but he just kept sending them out, I guess trying to kill Canadians"
After the war Bomb was rescued from the Belguim junk heap where most of the tanks were melted into history. It is now
perched proudly in the regimental parade square in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The National Film Board commemorated its
unmatched battle record in the documentary " The Green Fields Beyond". White returned home to Hants County, a
decorated officer. He died in 1993-his dress uniform hangs at Pier 21.
Mingo came home in 1945, landing at Pier 21 and started working with his brother's construction company. He later built
and still operates several hotels in eastern Nova Scotia including the Pictou Lodge.
SUNDAY DAILY NEWS- Nov 11, 2001
Article by Sandy MacDonald
The Tank Commanders
The Commanders of "Bomb"
Lieut. Walter White, Capt. John Neill, Capt Paul Ayriss, Lieut. Ernest Mingo