The Battalion leaves Bulford for their return to Canada. Their British comrades wish them well
Post war parade in Toronto for Supreme Allied Commander Bernard Law Montgomery. Note the assortment of AIRBORNE CANADA and Battalion shoulder titles. The man at left wears both the Canadian made embroidered 1CPB shoulder title and Pegasus patch.
After the death of Jeff Nicklin, Frazer Eadie was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and made CO of the Battalion.
Here he shows his US Silver Start to a British officer.
Lieutenant Peter Insole pictured below shaking the hand of the Soviet Officer outside Wismar. Note Insoles private purchase bullion parachute badge.
Colourized photo of Pte. Richard Mar from the Chinese Canadian community of Vancouver on his return to Canada in 1945.
Above - Memorabilia of Lieutenant Charles Richer showing his dog tag, UK made private purchase embroidered shoulder title, UK made Officers cap badge and rank slip on which he wears in the colour photo above. The letter confirms that these are his insignia and is signed by Charles. He mentions that he landed on 24 March in a Hamilcar Glider. Although there is no evidence that he wore it, this would have entitled him to wear the British glider Trained Infantry Badge. Group photo left shows (left to right) Sergeant Lattion, Corporal Calder and Lieutenant Richer. Above right shows Cpl. Calder talking with the new enemy. From the material available, it appears that Richer took all or most of the still photos in Germany while the other two men mainly took cine-camera footage.
Lieutenant T.L. Quirk on his return to Canada left and right
The last field HQ of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was located at the Frundt's Hotel in their final objective of Wismar on the Baltic Sea. Apart from objectives aimed at the German war effort, their main goal was to cut off the Soviet Army from a drive into Denmark. The Soviets were never really an ally of the west. Photo of Frundt's hotel courtesy of W.E. Story Collection
The Control Tower at Willingale, Chipping Ongar where the 61st Troop Carrier Group was based.
Left - A series of photos from a veteran of the Battalion showing their move through Germany and the destruction of a Sturmgeschutz IV. Also some formal merriment and musical talent.
No. 9 Photo Section of the Public Relations Group, Film and Photo Unit in Germany
Lt. Charles Richer, Sgt. Mike Lattion and Cpl. Al Calder
Men wounded after D-Day on their return to Canada (left) moving from the hospital ship to a train. 17/18 September 1944.
A Rare early example of Airborne Troop Carrier patch with an English made AIRBORNE tab (from the 101st Airborne SSI) sewn to the top of an English made 9th Air Force patch. This example is from Staff Sergeant Joseph Getzoff from the HQ of the 438th Troop Carrier Group. The finalized troop carrier patch ( English made ) - left - is also from Getzoff.
Unknown member of the Battalion ( actually looks like West - above left ) who was wounded returns home to Canada ( Landsdown Park, Ottawa) on 16 February 1945. Note clear plastic being worn as a backer for the plastic cap badge.
Although worn by US airborne troops in North Africa, Sicily/Italy, Normandy, Holland and in Germany, these flag armbands were also carried by non-airborne related air crew flying support missions for these airborne operations. This example is from Staff Sergeant Donald R. Harsh of the 326th Sqdn. 92nd Bomb Group. He was a waist gunner in B-17 "Dottie" during support operations for the Rhine Crossing.
Note that this Belgian SS recruiting poster plays heavily on the threat of Communism.
THE CROSSING OF THE RHINE AND THE RACE TO WISMAR
Another wounded member of the Battalion returns to Canada onboard a Hospital Ship. Note the British sky blue lanyard being worn.
Aircraft of the 61st that carried the 6th Airborne Division across the Rhine on 24 March 1945 emplaning at Chipping Ongar
Letter informing Lt. Col. Nicklin's wife Mary of his death and photo with area marked in red where his body was found.
M-10 Tank Destroyer in Greven with members of the battalion on board.
Note the man in center upper right with German splinter camo material being used as a helmet cover.
Photographs and Field Medical Card of Pte. George Siggs of the Battalion Mortar Platoon in Germany.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Courtesy Ed Storey via his recent travels to Wismar
After the German counteroffensive in the Ardennes began on 16 December, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was placed on six hours notice to return to action on 20 December. They left Bulford on Christmas Eve and arrived at the front on 2 January. They took up positions around Rochefort, Belgium and were mainly used to patrol that area of the line and to clean up pockets of the enemy in front of them. With the defeat of the enemy at Bure, they withdrew and the Battalion moved forward to occupy positions in Marche and later Champlon Famenine. From there they occupied the town of Roy on 10 January and Bande the following day. Before the Battalion turned Bande over to the 9th Battalion, they discovered the beaten and shot bodies of 37 male villagers in a cellar. No one seems to know who exactly was responsible for the deaths of these local men. It is said that retreating SS men took revenge for the deaths of three of their men at the hands of the Belgian resistance. Others say they were SD or German Secret Police that were responsible for the execution. This sad episode in the Battalions history marked the end of their operations in Belgium. They were moved to positions along the Mass River in Holland to hold the line and mount patrols. The Battalion Association mounted the plaque below in the cellar where the murders took place.
Men wounded after D-Day on their return to Canada moving from the hospital ship to a train. 17/18 September 1944.
The Matchless Motorcycle G3L 350cc, OHV, 1943 Contract. Below left is Lt. G. Murray Williams of HQ Co. at Coesfeld, Germany 30 March 1944. Please see Service Publications The Canadian Military Motorcycle by Clive Law. The photos of the restored Matchless courtesy of Ron Cobb and from his website www.roncobb.com
3" Mortar Platoon in Germany
Member of the Battalion (left) whose mother wears the GQ Parachute Company pin on her blouse.
The emblem (jacket patch) of the 61st Troop Carrier Group which carried the 6th Airborne Division and 1st Canadian Parachute Bn. for their jump into Germany.
Memorabilia (left) of Cpl. Frank West who parachuted into Germany on 24 March 1945.
Canadians arriving home from England via New York City in 1946.
Corporal Frederick Topham who was awarded the Victoria Cross while he was operating as a medical orderly during the Rhine drop.
Inspection of Bn and Transport Section
Two versions of "issue" Celanese Triangles for air to ground and ground to ground recognition. Note the use of the triangle on the roof of the strange captured vehicle to the right.
In Memory of the Battalion CO Lieutenant-Colonel Jeff Nicklin who was killed on 24 March 1945
ARDENNES AND THE MASS
THE BATTALION RETURNS TO CANADA