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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Dugouts are being redecorated ~ Jan 11- 1945

The 12th Field Regiment Troops endure the cold and bitter Winter of 1945 in Groesbeek and Nijmegen, Netherlands area On January 11th, "The men are all busy fixing up their new homes—dugouts are being redecorated...." Read excerpts from World War Two War Diaries _ 12th...

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Compliments of the season 1944-1945

It was a cold winter for the troops during the Christmas & New Years 1944-1945. On the sixth year of the War, Lieutenant Colonel Roland Webb extends his compliments of the season to all ranks of the Regiment quoted in Lieutenant Colonel T.J. Bell's "Into Action...

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D-Day Juno Landing

"This battle was the single most important battle on the Western front. DDay is the military codeword for the paratrooper operations on the night of June 5 and the beach landings on the morning of June 6 in Normandy. Canada’s 3rd Division led the way at Juno Beach...

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May 5th 1945 Liberation Day – Netherlands !

On this day in 1945 - May 5th, The Netherlands Liberation Day! 12th Field Regiment War Diaries, May 4th 1945 read : At 1400 hrs we heard that AURICH, had surrendered and so the move was cancelled. At 2000 hrs we heard the good news about the German surrender and that...

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HONOUR ROLL 12TH FIELD REGIMENT R.C.A. VIDEO

HONOUR ROLL, 12TH FIELD REGIMENT R.C.A. VIDEO Honouring the Fallen ~ Roll of Honour 12th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery, C.A.S.F. June 7th, 2014 Remembrance Service for the Honour Roll of the 74 fallen men at the Arthur Legion Branch 226. Reading of the names...

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World War II Survivor – The Netherlands

We had the privilege of interviewing Mrs Leis Vink (1930-2016 ), a survivor of World War II, in April during the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of The Netherlands in ’s-Heerenberg. A few words from Mrs Vink's interview: “ I’m 85 years old, but when the War started...

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Sir Major John W. Gross 1919-2016

We sadly learn  the passing of ­ Sir Major J.W. Gross MID 12th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery. 1940 - ­1946 DDay Veteran, Royal Canadian Corp of  Signals. John passed peacefully, at home in Port Elgin, with family by his side, on Thursday, April 14, 2016, in...

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Sir Thomas A. Morris 1921-2016

Our dear Sir Tom Morris, born October 22, 1921, Bolton, England, passed away yesterday, February 26, 2016 at the age of 94. His wife of 68 years, Stella, passed away on March 13th. They will be missed greatly by family and friends. Tom was Veteran of WWII, serving...

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Legion d’Honneur awarded to 12th Field Veteran

Legion d'Honneur awarded to 12th Field Veteran : Veteran Gunner Tom Morris of the 12th Field Regiment, R.C.A. has been honoured by the French Government for his role in the WWII Liberation from Nazi occupation. Gnr. Tom Morris has earned the rank of Knight of the...

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Our boys on the beach… who gave their all!

Gunner Walter Culhane Bittle of the 12th Field Regiment R.C.A. , 11th Battery, Toronto, was KIA on August 14 1944 near Hautmensil / Falaise. Walter and his wife Kay's letters were the breath of life and love between them from the days Walter left overseas in England...

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Operations Overlord Normandy France

Operations Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the operation that launched the invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II by Allied forces. Excerpt from the book " Into Action with the 12th Field - Lt. Col. T. J. Bell M.C....

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M7 Priest Self Propelled Guns

In the Fall of 1943,  following the appointment of Lt Colonel R.H. Webb as Commanding Officer, marked the arrival of the M7 or Priest Self-Propelled gun; new training and skills were required for the 12th Field Regiment.  M7 Priest - Self Propelled Guns - 105 mm...

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The 70th Anniversary ‘s-Heerenberg, 1 April 2015

The 70th Anniversary of the Liberation in 's-Heerenberg, Netherlands, 1 April 2015 Celebrating and Commemorating the Canadian Artillery's Role in the Liberation of The Netherlands. • The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery commemorated its role in the Liberation of...

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Into Action with the 12th Field – Intro

The history of the 12th Canadian Field Regiment, RCA begins the first week of September 1940 although the Batteries forming it were mobilized the end of May the same year. Its history really goes back much further since the four Batteries originally included in the...

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