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  Second Division
The 2nd Division's role was a general advance south of the junction of the Odon and Orne rivers, but by the 19th, in the face of fierce resistance as well as poor weather, the division came to a halt.
The 2nd Division's attack was made over open ground, with enemy troops on the flank and in subterranean iron mines in which he took cover and from which he infiltrated the Canadian rear.
The Canadian Army was ordered south; while the armour made its preparations to move on the 14th, the 2nd Division busied itself with prepatory attacks, crossing the Laize River at Bretteville and southward for two days, recrossing the river at Clair Tizon and threatening the main German defensive line along the Falaise Road.
www.calgaryhighlanders.com /history/2nddivision.htm   (4850 words)

 Canada at War - Page: WWII: The Battle of the Scheldt
On October 2 the 2nd Canadian Division began its advance north from the Antwerp area with a view to closing the exit from South Beveland and advancing along the South Beveland Isthmus.
By October 24, the isthmus was sealed off and the 2nd Division began the advance against South Beveland (assisted by an amphibious landing by the 52nd British Division).
Thus the formidable Beveland Canal was outflanked and the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade began a frontal attack in assault boats.
www.wwii.ca /page47.html   (2457 words)

 2nd Canadian Infantry Division - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 2nd Division conducted Operation Jubilee, a large-scale raid on Dieppe, France in August 1942 with the 4th and 6th Canadian Infantry Brigades, suffering extensive losses in the landing and the ensuing withdrawal.
The 2nd Division's role was a general advance south of the junction of the Odon and Orne rivers, but by 19 July, in the face of fierce resistance as well as poor weather, the division came to a halt.
The Canadian Army was ordered south; while the armour made its preparations to move on the 14th, the 2nd Division busied itself with preparatory attacks, crossing the Laize River at Bretteville-sur-Laize and southward for two days, recrossing the river at Clair Tizon and threatening the main German defensive line along the Falaise Road.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/2nd_Canadian_Infantry_Division   (5198 words)

 Canadian Jewish News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In the days to follow, 18 Canadian prisoners would be summarily executed at the Abbey of Ardenne by the 12th SS (Hitler Youth Division) under the command of Kurt Meyer.
Canadians soldiers were “excited, but not nervous” in the days leading up to the invasion, he stated.
The 3rd Infantry Division, supported by the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, was to head inland to the city Caen and even beyond to the airfield at Carpiquet, 11 miles from the coast.
www.cjnews.com /viewarticle.asp?id=3561   (1351 words)

 Canada at War - Page: WWII: Clearing the French coast
The 2nd Canadian Infantry Division received a tumultuous welcome to Dieppe, where Canadian forces had suffered very high casualties in a failed attempt to storm the beaches in 1942 (out of 4,963 Canadians who took part in the raid, 907 were killed and 1,946 taken prisoner).
On September 9, the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division's 4th Brigade moved north to occupy the Belgian port of Ostend.
The 2nd Canadian Infantry Division's 4th Brigade then moved to the southern outskirts of Bruges to assist the 4th Canadian Armoured Division in that sector.
wwii.ca /page76.html   (1048 words)

 D-Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Canadians were very concerned about their role in the invasion (as were most of the planning staff) as the memory of 2nd Canadian Division's destruction at Dieppe was still fresh.
But many lessons had been learned, and the 3rd Canadian Division, in spite of heavy opposition at Courselles-sur-Mer, broke through and advanced nearly to their objective, the airfield at Carpiquet, west of Caen.
Fierce opposition from the 2lst Panzer and later the 12th SS Panzer division prevented the British from reaching Caen on the 6th.
www.army.mil /d-day/divisions/invasionsites.html   (1193 words)

 Dieppe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Canadians would provide the main assault force, and by May 20 troops of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division were on the Isle of Wight to begin intensive training in amphibious operations.
Canadians would form the force for the frontal attack on Dieppe and would also go in at gaps in the cliffs at Pourville four kilometres to the west, and at Puys to the east.
Canadians "missing" in the Dieppe operation are commemorated on two memorials in England; members of the Army on the Brookwood Memorial and members of the RCAF on the Runnymede Memorial.
www.fortunecity.com /meltingpot/oxford/285/dieppe3.htm   (2094 words)

 Canadian Heroes - Private Henri Richard - Falaise Road
The forces of the 2nd Division (Camerons) were assigned to move directly towards the town of Falaise.
The 2nd Division handed over it's occupation of Falaise to the British on the 20th and joined in the pursuit of the retreating Germans on the 21st.
The 14th Canadian Hussars (the recce regiment) had luckily crossed the river to the west and circled back to enclose Orbec from the North.
canadianheroes.org /henri/henri3.htm   (735 words)

 Advanced Squad Leader
In June 1944, the Third Canadian Division, supported by the Second Canadian Armoured Brigade (not to mention the men of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion jumping with the British 6th Airborne Division) was given the task of assaulting Juno Beach, and the eager Canadians performed well.
The Canadian Ram tank was intended to be used by armoured regiments, and the Churchill by army tank brigades.
Canadian military units styled themselves after British units, and the use of the words "of Canada" in the titles of some regiments is often to distinguish those units from identically-named units of the British Army.
www.canuck.freehosting.net /asl.htm   (6017 words)

 Groningen - www.canadiansoldiers.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Groningen was a Battle Honour granted to Canadian units participating in actions to liberate the town of Groningen from 14-18 Apr 1945 as part of the Final Phase of the North-West Europe campaign in the Second World War.
To the 2nd Canadian Division fell the task of liberating Groningen, with the 3rd Canadian Division on their left flank moving towards the province of Friesland, with both the 4th and 5th Canadian (Armoured) Divisions on their right.
These Germans may very well have contributed to the defence of Delfzijl, where the 5th Canadian (Armoured) Division fought their final battles for the port's defences on 1-2 May, taking 3,000 prisoners and ensuring the last bit of the mainland of northern Netherlands was finally free of enemy soldiers.
canadiansoldiers.com /mediawiki-1.5.5/index.php?title=Groningen   (2730 words)

 Addition of Canadian Soldiers in Call of Duty 2 Petition
On l9th August 1942 troops of the Canadian 2nd Division formed the bulk of the Dieppe Raid.
Canadian troops fought at Ortona and Monte Cassino and in May 1944 took part in the costly, but successful, attack on the Hitler line: the first major operation by a Canadian corps in the 1939-1945 War.
Canadian airmen fought in the Battle of Britain, North Africa, Italy and the Normandy invasion.
www.petitiononline.com /cod2can/petition.html   (1301 words)

 2nd Division Canadian Engineers NCO's Jacket<   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
There are 2nd Division Engineer formation patches on each shoulder as well as embroidered Grenadier bombs.
The buttons are brass Canadian Engineer pattern and there is one wound stripe on the left sleeve.
The fact that there are three hooks for closing the collar and one small additional hook to keep it snug at the neck supports that this is a period alteration.
www.kaisersbunker.com /cef/tunics/ceft09.htm   (263 words)

 Chronology : August 21st - Falaise - Operation Tractable - World War Two
Canadian casualties in taking Falaise and the Gap were 18,500 dead,wounded and missing.
Canadian formations did well, but would certainly have done better had they not been learning as they fought.
Canadian generalship in Normandy does not suffer by comparison with that of the other Allies, and the vast majority of the rank and file showed initiative, high courage and steadily increasing skill.
www.valourandhorror.com /DB/CHRON/Aug_21.php   (607 words)

 Osprey - Prelude to D-Day, Dieppe 1942
The urge for Canadians to concentrate on the negative is a natural one and has given rise to the myth (despite a wealth of evidence to the contrary) that the Germans were tipped off.
The official Canadian Army History underlines the significance of this lapse of momentum, stating that ‘in any opposed landing, the first minute or two after the craft touch down are of crucial importance; and it may be said that during that minute or two, the Dieppe battle, on the main beaches, was lost.
The military force embarked for the Dieppe Raid was predominantly Canadian troops of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division commanded by Maj. Gen.
www.ospreypublishing.com /content1.php/cid=101   (5200 words)

 NORMANDY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In his admirable “Six armies in Normandy”, historian John Keegan notes the Dieppe raid looks in retrospect a recklessly hair-brained an enterprise that it is difficult to re-construct the official state of mind which gave it birth and drove it forward.
Division was to sally forth in high summer from ports only 70 miles form the German-occupied coastline and disembark on the esplanade of a French seaside resort.” Lord Mountbatten wasthe creator and animator of this war episode.
Major General J.H. Roberts, the Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division, was appointed Military Force Commander, with Captain J. Hughes-Hallett, R.N. as Naval Force Commander and Air Vice Marshal T.L. Leigh-Mallory as Air Force Commander.
www.jack-travel.com /Normandy/Dieppe_Raid.htm   (739 words)

 2nd Canadian Division - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The formation of the 2nd Canadian Division began in May of 1915 in Britain following the arrival of a large contingent of soldiers from Canada.
The Division remained in Great Britain only a short time before embarking for France in September of 1915.
Infantry units as well as Artillery Units of the 2nd Canadian Division served in both France and Flanders until Armistice Day.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Canadian_2nd_Division   (255 words)

 Canada; Uniforms of the Calgary Highlanders & RCMP
The Battle of Ortona in Italy is regarded as the most famous example of Canadian urban warfare, but in April 1945, a much larger battle was fought in the streets of Groningen, in the northern part of The Netherlands.
Although it is a police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have the status of a Regiment of Dragoons, and as such are entitled to bear battle honours for the organization's war service.
They were on special leave of absence from the RCMP and wore Canadian Army battle-dress, but retained the RCMP cap badge and a shoulder title bearing the name of the force.
www.diggerhistory.info /pages-uniforms/canada.htm   (1662 words)

 Today In WW II History - Topic Powered by eve community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Infantry and 4th and 5th Armoured Divisions served in Europe; the 6th and 8th Infantry on Canada’s Pacific coast, and the 7th on the Atlantic coast.
In 1945 the 6th Division was being reorganised as an all-volunteer division to serve with the US forces in the planned invasion of Japan when the atomic bombs brought the Pacific campaign to an abrupt close.
Overall, the Canadians proved to be very reliable troops, steady in the face of setbacks and casualties, and rather more dashing in the assault than their sometimes more stolid British comrades in arms.
forums.ubi.com /groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/1771097952/p/40   (12747 words)

 America's Greatest Generation: Army Heroes: Bill Greaves Canada
A name indelibly etched into the memories of the men of 2nd Canadian Infantry Division who took part in the fierce battle, code-named "Atlantic" that swept back and forth across the ridge and in the villages of St.Andre sur Orne, Verrieres, St. Martin de Fontenay and Ifs between July 19 to the 21st, 1944.
It was on on the gentle slope of Verrieres Ridge in Normandy where the next blood-letting of the infantry battalions of 2nd Division took place.
If the traveler be Canadian, he would do well to stay the wheels at this point and cast his mind back to the event of 1944; for this apparently insignificant eminence is the Verrieres Ridge.
carol_fus.tripod.com /army_hero_frevin.html   (1708 words)

 HyperWar: The Canadian Army 1939-1945: An Official Historical Summary [Chapter 11]
On 30 May, the move to the "marhsalling areas" began, and by 3 June the majority of the men of the 3rd Canadian Division and the 2dn Canadian Armoured Brigade were embarked in their various landing ships and craft in the waters about the Isle of Wight.
The Canadians were to attack with two brigades forward, the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, commanded by Brigadier H.W. Foster, assaulting on the right sector astride the mouth of the Suelles, while the 8th, under Brigadier K.G. Blackader, would land on the left sector, including Berni&egrace;res and St. Aubin.
On the Canadian front, there were four self-propelled regiments, equipped with 105-millimetre "Priests" (for the 3rd Division had been given an extra regiment for the assault); each fired at one of the main strongpoints.
www.ibiblio.org /hyperwar/UN/Canada/CA/OpSumm/OpSumm-11.html   (7694 words)

 First World War.com - The Western Front Today - Courcelette Canadian Memorial
The memorial design - an octagonal block of Canadian granite - is the standard Canadian memorial for the Western Front save for the pylons at Vimy Ridge and the Brooding Soldier at St Julien (the latter in the Ypres Salient).
Courcelette village featured in the initial use of tanks (along with Flers) in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on 15 September 1916 as part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.
The 2nd Canadian Division successfully expelled German forces from Courcelette on the opening day of the battle (with the assistance of a tank).
www.firstworldwar.com /today/courcelettememorial.htm   (172 words)

 Wingham Cenotaph
Alex Henry - 1st Bn, 1st Bde, 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F., killed in action, November 6, 1917, buried at The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Register, containing the names of those who fell in Flanders and have no known grave.
Wilbur Johnson - 2nd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F., died in England, January 29, 1918, buried at Bath (Locksbrook) Cemetery, Somerset, England.
Oliver Pender - 5th Canadian Siege Battery, 2nd Bde., Canadian Garrison Artillery as Corp Troops, died of wounds, April 21, 1917, buried at Villers Station Cemetery, France.
www.cdli.ca /monuments/on/wingham.htm   (1417 words)

 The 3rd Canadian Division in 1914-1918
7th Brigade colour was green, and each battalion had a distinctive green shape: the Royal Canadians had the circle, PPCLI the semicircle, 42nd the triangle and 49th the square.
8th Brigade colour was red, and each battalion had a distinctive green shape: 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles had the circle, 2nd the semicircle, 4th the triangle and 5th the square.
The Division was initially without its own artillery, but was supported from 20 March 1915 by that of the Lahore Division which remained in France when that Division left.
www.1914-1918.net /2candiv.htm   (317 words)

 RCSigs.ca - 2nd Canadian Divisional Signal Company (C.E.)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The 2nd Canadian Divisional Signal Company, CE was organised at Ottawa in November 1914 under the command of Major J.L.H. Bogart.
It arrived in France on 13-15 September 1915, becoming part of the 2nd Canadian Division.The 2nd Canadian Divisional Signal Company, CE was demobilised at Toronto in May 1919 and disbanded by general order 210 of 15 November 1920.
These materials, including images, may not be used, published or reproduced without the express written permission of the respective copyright holder.
www.rcsigs.ca /ViewUnit/67   (149 words)

 'In My Little Wet Home In A Trench' -a variation of the original ascribed to John G Bruce
This Infantry Battalion was part of the "The Iron Sixth Brigade" in the 2nd Canadian Division - I believe they joined the 1st Canadian Division in France in September 1915.
The 2nd Canadian Division, who would have fought under the old Canadian Flag above, was involved in the third battle of Ypres, also known as the Passchendaele campaign.
The offensive was halted when Canadian infantrymen captured the ruined village of Passchendaele on 10th November 1917.
noviomagus.tripod.com /wethome.htm   (785 words)

 Colour Patches of Canada in WW1
The Division was indicated by the colour of the large rectangle.
Blue was the third Brigade in that Division
The Battalion was indicated by the shape of the upper section.
www.diggerhistory.info /pages-badges/patches/canada.htm   (154 words)

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