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  • Anonymous

    I had two uncles in the war. Though brothers, they differed in their decisions. One uncle went to serve in a tank group and died in Italy while the other was a conscientious objector and served as an ambulance driver and medic. This was in the Canadian forces so perhaps there was a difference in allowed responses. As far as I knew my CO uncle wasn’t religious at all but he refused to carry a gun but was allowed to serve in the medical corps. He survived the war despite being on the front lines in Germany and France.