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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:165
  • eBook ISBN:9780987964366

The Little Coat

The Bob and Sue Elliott Story

by Alan J. Buick

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Overview
An exuberant 10-year-old Dutch girl was a welcome beacon of hope to weary Canadian soldiers fighting the Nazis in Holland in 1944. The soldiers surprised Sussie at Christmas with a coat they asked a seamstress to make from a wool army blanket. Decades later, the soldier and Sue reconnected and fell in love, holding forever dear the coat that brought them together.
Description
In the midst of the Second World War, while firing at German soldiers on the other side of the Maas River in the Netherlands, Canadian soldier Bob Elliott and his tank crew found laughter and hope in a 10-year-old energetic Dutch girl named Sussie Cretier. Sussie’s family had escaped from the Nazis to the safety of the Allied troops. Sussie sang songs and lifted the spirits of the Canadian soldiers during a painful time in all of their lives. On Christmas Day 1944, the battle-weary Canadians honoured their adopted soldier with a special Army-style coat they ordered from a local seamstress. Sussie held on to that coat for decades, claiming it as the most special gift she had ever received and one she would never forget. Almost 40 years later, tank commander Bob Elliott returned to the Netherlands for a visit. Bob and Sussie’s relationship blossomed and she followed her favourite soldier to his home in Canada, bringing her precious coat with her.
About the author
Alan Buick is a carpenter, musician and songwriter who came to Canada from his New Zealand birthplace more than 30 years ago. He lives in Pense, Saskatchewan, with his wife Carol and their family.
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