S. Leonard Goodman Interview, August 16, 1986


S. Leonard Goodman


Claire Rhein



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S. Leonard Goodman discusses his service in the Canadian army and in the combined First Special Service Force in World War Two. He recalls that the fact that he could speak Icelandic may have helped him get into the Force, due to plans for a diversionary invasion of Norway called Project Plough. Goodman discusses the types of training he underwent including jump training, close combat, amphibious, skiing, and demolition. He talks about his experiences overseas at the Anzio beachhead in Italy, the Battle for Monte La Difensa, and in Southern France. Goodman also describes the similarities and differences between the Canadian and American troops and how their relationship developed throughout training and the war. He also talks about when the Force was disbanded, recalling that he was transferred to a military police unit in England to guard Canadian military defectors. Good briefly discusses the Force reunions and the film The Devils Brigade.


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Document Type

Oral History


World War, 1939-1945; First Special Service Force; Canadian Military; U.S. military; Hand-to-hand combat; Military training; Battle of Anzio; Fort Harrison, Montana; Saskatchewan, Canada; Anzio, Italy; Monte La Difensa; Military, specialized missions; U.S. military servicemen; Canadian military servicemen; Reading Gaol

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

First Special Service Force Oral History Project, OH 151, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 151-008, 009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (31 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:25:24 minutes

Local Filename

OH_151_008_009.mp3; OH_151_008_009.pdf

S. Leonard Goodman Interview, August 16, 1986