Service files of Second World War

Canadians in Uniform 1939-1945 - Documenting Your Second World War Ancestor - Author : Glenn Wright - Historian and Archivist, Royal Canadian Legions Branch 226, Arthur, Ontario, 7, June 2014 - Presentation - Part Three : Service files of Second World War   Read...

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World War Two War Diaries

Canadians in Uniform 1939-1945 – Documenting Your Second World War Ancestor – Author : Glenn Wright – Historian and Archivist, Royal Canadian Legions Branch 226, Arthur, Ontario, 7, June 2014 - Presentation - Part Four : World War Two War Diaries 12th Field Regiment...

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Operation “Switchback” Oct. 6th 1944

Operation "Switchback" began at 0330 hours October 6th Excerpt from Into Action with the 12th Field - LT. T.J. Bell " This operation across the Leopold Canal in the Scheldt Estuary was one of the toughest the Infantry had to fight. Essentially it is the story of the...

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25 September 1944: Operation “Undergo” started

25 September 1944: Operation MARKET-GARDEN ends. Allies: 1100 killed; 6400 are captured. For 12th Field Regiment " Operation  "Undergo" started on September 25th and we fired a long fire plan in support. Escalles was quickly cleared by the 8th Brigade and the 7th...

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Change of SP’s for towed 25-pdrs

June 1944 - excerpt from Into Action with the 12th Field : The 8th Brigade had resumed their position in reserve of the 7th and 9th Brigades. Our FOO 's were recalled leaving one OP out with the 9th Brigade. A great deal has happened during the month of June — this...

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Meeting stiff opposition due south of Deventer

.... we had again hit the Jerry who showed every evidence of firming up and fighting for Deventer. The Winnipeg Rifles had great difficulty holding a bridgehead across the Schip Beebe Canal and the Canadian Scottish were also meeting stiff opposition due south of...

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First CANADIAN Field Regiment over the river RHINE

WAR DIARY OR INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY March 25- 27, 1945 CALCAR - GRIETHERBUSCH, NL March 25: The attack appears to be going quite well, the regiment firing fire plans MAPLE, ASTOR, and a special plan in support of the NNSH. Also engaged 3 Victor targets -concentration of...

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Operation Plunder & Peter Fuse Targets

.....Shortly after midnight the night of March 10/11th the Regiment was en route to Cleve. We had just completed four weeks of very heavy fighting and certainly needed a breather. What was in store for us there, no one knew, but we expected that we would have a part...

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OP Block Buster ~ Hit a block and serious one

February 25th, 1945 saw operation "Blockbuster". The objectives were to finish off the Seigfried Line and the 3rd Division’s job was to take Udem.  The attack was successful and Udem was taken.  Major A.T.P. Gilbert and Capt. E.J. Hooper of the 16th Battery as FOO’s...

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Bitter Fighting in Moyland Woods

The 12th Field Regiment, February 15th were supporting the 7th Brigade at Moyland Woods which involved bitter fighting. When the Regiment moved, it was necessary for the 43rd Battery to build rafts to move their guns to higher ground. The Artillery and mortar-fire...

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OP VERITABLE February 1945

OP ( Operation ) VERITABLE  February ~ March 1945 February 2nd, 1945 - Orders were given for the Regiment to stay off the roads between 18:00 and 6:00 hours. The build-up for a major attack was beginning. February 6th, 1945 - Operation "Veritable" was announced. There...

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We Do Not Forget ~ Poem

Poem by Fredrick H. (Buck) Rogers, Gunner 12th Field Regiment, 16th Battery... We do not forget On May 5th in 1945, Many thank God to still be alive. The guns have ceased firing; men could now stand, Peace had returned to this troubled land. This gave men a time to...

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The Fighting 43rd ~ song

The Fighting 43rd Song written post World War Two.  The 43rd Battery of the 12th Field Regiment. The overtone here is one of triumphant confidence. But in this song, however carelessly and off-handedly expressed, there is always the worry that, after all the...

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The Regiment That Never Was ~ Poem

Poem by author Timothy Damer, 12th Field Regiment "Like the people in the Land of Oz, A Regiment that never was? ....But what happened there is another story, Let others tell of death and glory, To-night - what matters gathering here Is the boys to-gether - and a...

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