Voices from war’s end

The most familiar images from the end of the war are the joyful and sometimes raucous VE-Day celebrations on May 8, 1945. But the war did not end all at once for everybody. Freedom came in stages as the Allied front crept forward across Europe. Canadian liberators fought town to town, beginning in Sicily...
  • The Liberation Of Western Holland: Army, Part 50

    January 1, 2004 by Terry Copp
    Canadian soldiers come to the aid of a comrade wounded by sniper fire near Laren in the Netherlands. The 5th Canadian Armoured Division–Major-General Bert Hoffmeister’s Mighty Maroon Machine–began operations in the Netherlands on March 21, 1945 when the Westminster Regiment (Motor) took over a sector...
  • The Cruelest Month: Army, Part 49

    November 1, 2003 by Terry Copp
    Private H.E. Goddard of the Perth Regt. advances through a forest near Arnhem, the Netherlands, in April 1945. Canadian military historians have generally paid slight attention to the operations carried out by 1st Canadian Army in April 1945. It is almost as if the great...
  • Winning With Reinforcements: Army, Part 48

    September 1, 2003 by Terry Copp
    Canadian army engineers construct a Bailey bridge across the Rhine River near Emmerich in April 1945. This instalment of Canadian Military History In Perspective was written in June 2003 just after I received an advance copy of my new book, Fields of Fire: The Canadians...
  • The Rhine Crossing: Army, Part 47

    July 1, 2003 by Terry Copp
    The covered body of a soldier lies near a sign pointing toward two German towns in March, 1945. The decision to destroy the German army west of the Rhine and then cross the river in a major operation north of the Ruhr River had been...
  • The Battle For Xanten: Army, Part 46

    May 1, 2003 by Terry Copp
    A Canadian armoured vehicle approaches the entrance to Xanten, Germany, in March 1945. Visitors who make the journey to the Canadian military cemetery at Groesbeek in the Netherlands seldom go on to explore the battlefields of the Rhineland. But those who do are invariably struck...
  • A Question Of Command: Army, Part 45

    March 1, 2003 by Terry Copp
    Major Fred Tilston earned the Victoria Cross for leading an attack on March 1, 1945. Blockbuster, one of the largest and most costly operations carried out by 1st Canadian Army during World War II, has always provoked bitter comments from veterans who served at the...

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