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World War 2 Remembered - The Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1943 Q4

November 4, 2018
Last Updated on: November 4, 2018


1943 – October to December


The 4th quarter of 1943 saw The Loyal Edmonton Regiment continuing to fight its way up the eastern coast of Italy against stiff German opposition. They took part in major battles such as Colle D’Anchise, The Gully and Ortona.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1918 Q4

November 4, 2018
Last Updated on: November 4, 2018


1918 – October to December


In the final days of the war, Allied forces on the Western Front continue on the attack and making dramatic advances. The war ends with the 49th Battalion marching victoriously through the streets of Mons.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1918 Q3

July 18, 2018
Last Updated on: July 18, 2018


1918 – July to September


July was a very quiet period for the 49th. However, August saw all the Allied forces on the Western Front on the attack and making dramatic advances. It was the start of Canada’s Hundred Days of the war.

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World War 2 Remembered - Edmonton Regiment - 1943 Q3

July 18, 2018
Last Updated on: July 18, 2018


1943 – July to September


The previous quarter ended with The Edmonton Regiment on board the Durban Castle, leaving the British Isles on 28 June 1943. The battalion was soon to be a part of Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. By the beginning of September they were on mainland Italy.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1918 Q2

April 10, 2018
Last Updated on: April 10, 2018


1918 – April to June


March saw the beginning of a major German Spring Offensive and Canadian infantry battalions were each holding wide frontages in order to permit British troops to strengthen other sectors that were seriously threatened by the German attacks. For the 49th Battalion, April was highlighted by strong battle patrols in order to maintain control of No Man’s Land and obtaining identification and prisoners. For most of May and June the battalion was back in a rest area were training now focused on a return to mobile warfare, emphasizing the attack, reorganization, consolidation and withdrawal.

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World War 2 Remembered - Edmonton Regiment - 1943 Q1

January 11, 2018
Last Updated on: April 10, 2018


1943 – January to March


For the Edmonton Regiment, in England, the first quarter of 1943 was much the same as the previous two years, another day and another exercise. The training however had changed focus and it must have been obvious to all that it was for a specific purpose.

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World War 2 Remembered - Edmonton Regiment - 1943 Q2

April 10, 2018
Last Updated on: April 10, 2018


1943 – April to June


The second quarter of 1943 saw changes in organization and equipment for the Edmonton Regiment, a move to quarters in Scotland and training that emphasized offensive operations and assault craft landings. It was obvious the Canadians were preparing for a movement “overseas”.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1918 Q1

January 11, 2018
Last Updated on: January 11, 2018


1918 – January to March


Having suffered badly at the Second Battle of Passchendaele in the last quarter, the first quarter of 1918 was relatively quiet for the 49th Battalion. However, March saw the beginning of a major German Spring Offensive.

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World War 1 Remembered - 233rd (Canadien Français) Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q4

October 5, 2017
Last Updated on: October 5, 2017


1917 – October to December


Western Canada’s 233rd Battalion was an attempt to raise a CEF battalion made up of francophone soldiers recruited from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and led by French-speaking officers. It was headquartered in Edmonton and was to be the last CEF infantry battalion raised, at least in part, from that city.

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World War 1 Remembered - 49th Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1917 Q4

October 5, 2017
Last Updated on: October 5, 2017


1917 – October to December


The Second Battle of Passchendaele (October 26 to November 10) was, in percentage terms, the costliest battle the 49th Battalion ever fought. The battalion lost three quarters of its strength in a few hours on the morning of 30 October.

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