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Re: Grandfather’s war records help
« Reply #9 on: Monday 11 January 21 11:23 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Shaun J - your clarification agreed.

The vital clues missing from his record are any dates late in 1945 when the reference would suggest he was in Austria.  So, was he in Austria in Nov 45 when the reference was written or was he under that "umbrella" and actually still in Milan as the record suggest.

Don't know for sure and would prefer not to guess. 

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« Reply #10 on: Monday 11 January 21 15:02 GMT (UK) »
This http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/14/a4463714.shtml will perhaps be of interest with relation to the end of the war and return home.

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« Reply #11 on: Monday 11 January 21 15:19 GMT (UK) »
He was serving in "HQBTA" in November 1945. HQ British Troops Austria, which I think was at Graz - about 500 miles from Milan.
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Re: Grandfather’s war records help
« Reply #12 on: Monday 11 January 21 15:42 GMT (UK) »
Excellent spot ShaunJ.

My feeling is that, as so often the case, the "leaving Milan" has more to do with leaving the theatre and should not be interpreted literally.
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Re: Grandfather’s war records help
« Reply #13 on: Monday 11 January 21 16:25 GMT (UK) »
Max and Shaun, thank you for your insight ( again in Max’s case). I have a lot of reading to do and putting together of an accurate timeline. I am loving the discovery of my grandfather’s journey. I have huge fondness for Italy, but I am not sure he would have, when you think of some of the battles.