Sgt. Charles D. Kipp's memoir, Because We Are Canadians, is an unusually frank and graphic description of his service with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in WW2. Unlike most Canadian veteran accounts, he does not shy away from the subject of killing and he matter of factly describes those occurrences in fine detail. Several veterans I have spoken with have said that discussions on the killing aspect only ever happened with other veterans. In chapter 9, Kipp relates an August 1944 battle near the River Dives, at Trun. In that encounter he alone engaged a dozen German soldiers who were moving to attack two neighbouring platoons. He fired a short Sten gun burst which hit 3 and the remainder surrendered to him. A 22- year old German soldier slowly died from chest wounds afterwards while Kipp sat with him. A death he claims that haunted him daily for the rest of his life. Kipp suggests that this and other incidents had earned him the label of being “kill crazy”. That being a description of someone who enjoyed the act of killing too much. That is a phrase I have not seen before in print before and I am curious if that is uniquely Canadian or the variation of a term used by other Allied soldiers as well? It seems to be an ironic accusation from a group of infantrymen for whom the primary occupation was killing the enemy. Kipp acknowledged the fact that by that point in the war he had personally killed more Germans than any single platoon in the regiment, but he denied being ‘kill crazy’. That suggests that both he and the men were keeping score. In any event, Kipp says it was simply due to his proficiency with his weapon and his aggressiveness. He had learned that survival depended on being hard, assertive and never hesitating when in combat. He embraced the kill or be killed philosophy and was determined to survive. I am intrigued by the implication that these infantrymen had an unwritten code of conduct and would apply that judgment to anyone who operated outside of that accepted behaviour. I have not seen a reference to it in any other book.