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Roderick (Rod) Donald MacCuspey - Section 3

This section contains four photos pertaining to Rod MacCuspey and the Cape Breton Highlanders in Italy during WW2.

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Cape Breton Highlanders in a Jeep

Near Monte Cassino, Italy

Circa April-May, 1944

According to writing on the reverse of the original photo, the photo was taken on the "Inferno" track at the foot of Monastery Hill (Monte Cassino). The "Inferno" was a hilly, dried out river bed which led to the defensive positions held by the Cape Breton Highlanders near Monte Cassino from April to early May, 1944.

In the back seat, left to right, are (?) Bonnar (driver), (?) Shirley (clerk) and (?) (?) (cook). The writing on the reverse of the original photo is very hard to make out. In the driver's seat is Rod MacCuspey.

Photographer:  Unknown
Ref. Number:  16-5 (1-1.2)
Image Information:  Scan of original photo
Source:  Alfred Woodworth, Enfield, NS, 2016
 


Three Cape Breton Highlanders

Italy

Circa Spring-Summer, 1944

The men are unidentified. Note the tropical uniforms being worn. Writing on the reverse of the original photo identifies the location as outside of Naples.

Photographer:  Unknown
Ref. Number:  16-5 (1-2.2)
Image Information:  Scan of original photo
Source:  Alfred Woodworth, Enfield, NS, 2016
 


Cape Breton Highlanders on the March

Vicinity of Melfa River, Italy

May 24, 1944

An unidentified Cape Breton Highlander passes the body of a dead German soldier during the advance through the Hitler Line to the Melfa River.

In the personal papers and photos belonging to Rod MacCuspey there is a small photocopy of this photo. Note the jeep on the far left. From writing on the photocopy, Rod MacCuspey identifies himself as the radio operator directing traffic from his jeep. He mentions that it was one day before his 21st birthday.

Photographer:  Strathy Smith (1918-1993)
Ref. Number:  0-2 (1-3.2)
Image Information:  Received as electronic file
Source:  Library and Archives Canada PA-135904
 


Pte. Rod MacCuspey

Cape Breton Highlanders

Rome, Italy

June 22, 1944

Rod was probably on leave at the time. Rome was liberated less than a month before the photo was taken.

Photographer:  Unknown
Ref. Number:  16-5 (1-16.2)
Image Information:  Scan of original photo
Source:  Alfred Woodworth, Enfield, NS, 2016
 

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