The battalion's first big combat bridging operation was carried out near Corbeil, France, when 540 feet of treadway were thrown across the Seine River. After the Seine, the engineers bridged the Marne, Aisne, and a number of other streams which paved the division's march into Belgium. At Mons, they exchanged shovels for machine guns and declared a Roman holiday by mowing down disorganized enemy columns trying to break out of encirclement. Two bridges at Namur, one across the Meuse, and one spanning the Sambre Canal, were built under hazardous circumstances.
Working under vicious mortar, artillery and sniper fire, men of the 23rd mastered the dragon's teeth of the Siegfried Line, lifted thousands of mines, destroyed pillboxes and cleared road blocks. During the Ardennes fighting, units of the battalion aided in the successful defense of Hotton, and later took part in fierce battles at Lierneux, Cherain, and Sterpighy. The normally hazardous work of lifting mines was made more difficult by severe cold and snow which prevailed during this period.
Back in the Rhineland, the engineers constructed four bridges across the Erft River and Canal under observed enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire. In the final great offensive, the bridge company also aided an engineer group in the bridging of the Rhine near Bonn. The battalion's last operation, the bridging of the Mulde River, was abandoned by army order. The 23rd came out of the line with reason to feel that its combat record added much to the proud history of the original "Road Builders Of The AEF."
My fathers half track was hit by a mortar, I have a piece of the shrapnel that he brought home with him. He was not in the place he was usually when it hit otherwise it would have hit him.
My father Raymond Teal was born in Wooler, Ontario in 1916.
He died on Dec 22nd. 2002
Some of the landscapes he saw in the war
This one is my favorite, I have seen places like this in my travels to Europe
I think this is landing on Omaha Beach
"You are looking at the best dressed soldier in the world"
My dad lost two of his finger ends while he was building a bridge.
Yes it is forbidden!
He made my mother a card for every occasion and sent it to her from the war zone!
Black and White studies
My father played the guitar and became a excellent musician.
This was my first Birthday card my dad made for me, it was a little booklet telling the story of my parents life and me up to that point.
Teal was my last name
My middle name is Rae
My Father was drafted
Rest in peace Dad, I am so happy you accepted the Lord as your Saviour before you died, I look forward to seeing you again.