English Class Project Honours Fallen Ex-Cadets Part 4

Over the next few weeks eVeritas will be publishing excerpts from the recently published “The Dark Mist Cast Across the Guns – Poems in Honour of Remembrance Day,” by the 2018-2019 ENE110-1 class at RMC in Kingston. Please note this volume is available for free in the RMC Gift Shop.

Editor’s note: eVeritas recently featured an article on 2803 Philippe Rousseau and his brother 2650 Maurice Rousseau. For that article please see here.

No. 2803 Lt Joseph Philippe Rousseau

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Killed in action, Normandy

6 June 1944

Ex Coelis and back

by 29022 Marks Valtonen

We stepped through the door and fell through the clouds.

As the planes begin to slip from our sight,

the green silk above our heads become shrouds.

They fire at the sky, filling it with light.

It is strangely calm above the earth. Not

a sound but of wind or faint gunfire.

But wait…we are not in the right spot!

We must regroup soon; our mission is dire.

The earth is quickly approaching whilst we

brace ourselves for what comes next: hitting ground.

We cannot fail those who come from the sea,

but we are cautious; there are Krauts all around.

My men advance, and my war ends after

two hours.