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The Little Coat The Little Coat

The Bob and Sue Elliott Story

by Buick, Alan J.

A young girl's memories of the war! Sussie Cretier was only 10 when she met Bob Elliott, a Canadian soldier assigned to help protect her region of the Netherlands from the invading German army. Sussie’s family had endured years of Nazi occupation before escaping to a safe area where Canadian soldiers held firm with their guns and tanks. Brave little Sussie had pleaded with the commanding German officer to save her father’s life. Now nothing could stop her from getting close to the men who guarded her town and became her heroes during a troubling time. To these soldiers, Sussie became a glowing example of the innocence of youth and a beacon of hope for the future. Children like Sussie were the reason the Allies fought this war. On Christmas Day 1944, the Canadians honoured their little adopted soldier with a special Army-style coat they had ordered from a local seamstress. Decades later, the relationship between Sussie (Sue) Cretier and tank commander Bob Elliott has not only endured but flourished. Sue’s ‘Little Coat’ has been donated to the War Museum of Canada as a permanent reminder of this powerful story of courage, hope and love.

Paperback, 176 pages, Bibliography, note from the Elliotts, select black and white photos and illustrations.

USD 14.95 / CAD 18.95

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