Clipped From The Chilliwack Progress
Chilliwack Man CO Army Sappers Train On Pied Piper Site Near a city of legend on the banks of one of West Germany's most important rivers, sappers of the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group are undergoing a month of special training. Until July 5, the 4 Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers, will study everything there is to know about military bridging during their annual bridging camp at Hamcln, about 125 miles from Soest. The sappers' tented camp is located on the western outskirts of the famous German town where, about 700 years ago, the Pied Piper lured a plague of rats into the Weser River. Later, the story goes, when payment for his deed was refused by the city fathers, he used his famous pipe to lead the town's children across the river into the hills. The Weser River, on which the Canadian will train is, in addition to being a legendary graveyard, an inland waterway leading to the northern German port of Bre men. Surrounded by the history and commerce of Hameln, the Can adian sappers will train on Bail- ley, heavy girder and floating assault bridges as well as military rafts and ferries. By the time they return to their permanent campsites near Soest each of the three troops will have practiced on all of the bridging equip ment required for operational tion. To carry out this vital engineer role, Major John Van Doornick, the Ottawa and Chilliwack, B.C., Commanding Officer, has planned non-tactical training at prepared bridging sites to be followed by day and night exercises. He stated, "emphasis will be on night exercises. Under simulated battle conditions and in complete darkness. They will construct light assault floating bridges and heavy ferries until every man knows instinctively where to find and what to do with all the nuts, bolts, girders and spanners necessary to do the job quietly and quickly." Sardis Cpl. Gordon Shufflebotham, RCAF, Sidney, N.S., is holidaying for 28 days with his mother, Mrs. C. H. Shufflebotham. He will leave for France early in July where he has been posted. Other guests at the Shufflebotham home last weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hill. Michael and Cheryl Hill, North Kamloops, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shufflebotham and family. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kabush and Linda Kabush, all of support of the Canadian forma- Vancouver.