May 25–27, 1945

May 26 — We left Zielst at 9:30 A.M. and arrived at Army H.Q., Hengelo at about 2 P.M., but did not get away from there until 9 P.M. so did not arrive back home until the middle of the night.

May 27 — Had a very bad cold, but was very busy so could not go to bed. Our first draft of eighteen men for the Army of Occupation arrived. No. 10 F.S.U. and three nurses were called away.

 Gunner H.E. Robertson on guard duty as a convoy of German vehicles crosses the Zuiderzee causeway en route to Germany. Netherlands, 27 May 1945. LAC.

Gunner H.E. Robertson on guard duty as a convoy of German vehicles crosses the Zuiderzee causeway en route to Germany. Netherlands, 27 May 1945. LAC.

May 24–25, 19145

may 24 — Johnny, Joep, Get and I drove over to 8 C.G.H. at St. Michels Castle and attended Marg Lates reception. Saw Helen Bright, Shorty Erswell and Neil, then started for Tilburg where we visited my old billet, and then drove home later in the evening.

May 25 — Jackie started to school at ’s-Hertogenbosch. In the evening we caught the cat who had eaten one of his canaries so we drowned it. I wrote a beautiful poem “In Memoriam”

A black slinky creature
Hunting birds on our lot
Became terribly careless
And so he got caught
Now out in the garden
Neath a rose bush he lays
And the motto is this
“That crime never pays”

Tomorrow evening we start back to Germany. I wonder what my orders will be when I again reach Army H.Q.

 German prisoners-of-war preparing to return to Germany, Harlingen, Netherlands, 25 May 1945. LAC.

German prisoners-of-war preparing to return to Germany, Harlingen, Netherlands, 25 May 1945. LAC.

May 21 & 23, 1945

May 21 — Wet and chilly. The same uninteresting day. Maj. Kitchen from 2CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) in for lunch. Tony arrived back at us tonight after an absence of five months.

May 23 — Ordered to report at Amry H.Q. in Hegelo, Holland. Left BAd Zwischenahn at 8:30 and came by Leer, Meppen, Lingen, in Germany, crossed the border into Holland and reported to Army in Hengelo. Had a talk with Brig. Elder then started for Zielst until Sunday, when I must report to Army again. Drove to Arnhem, Nijmegen, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven and arrived at Zielst at 6 P.M. All the family were home excepting Get who was away at school at Reusel, so we drove over and got her. We all had a party here that night.

 General H.D.G. Crerar taking the salute during a mounted marchpast of The British Columbia Dragoons, Eelde, Netherlands, 23 May 1945.  LAC.

General H.D.G. Crerar taking the salute during a mounted marchpast of The British Columbia Dragoons, Eelde, Netherlands, 23 May 1945. LAC.

 Dutch civilians watching an inspection and marchpast of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, Eelde, Netherlands, 23 May 1945.  LAC.

Dutch civilians watching an inspection and marchpast of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, Eelde, Netherlands, 23 May 1945. LAC.

May 20, 1945

May 20 — Chilly today. Several Marine Officers and 2 MAC Officers were in to lunch. Visited Corps this afternoon. Not much excitement

 Gunners of the 12th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (R.C.A.), with the Victory issue of the Maple Leaf newspaper, Aurich, Germany, 20 May 1945. LAC.

Gunners of the 12th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (R.C.A.), with the Victory issue of the Maple Leaf newspaper, Aurich, Germany, 20 May 1945. LAC.

any where, still looking for Hans but he has not arrived yet. Hans arrived during the evening.

May 19, 1945

May 19 — Usual day. Mac and I drove up to Oldenburg with Archy Moran to 2 M.A.C. for the evening. Some evening.

 General Crerar visits the LDSH, 19 May, 1945. LAC.

General Crerar visits the LDSH, 19 May, 1945. LAC.

May 18, 1945

Ordered this morning to open an Infectious Wing and we are joined today by the Exhaustion Unit. We certainly have some sized unit now. Today three boys from the 2nd Light Field Ambulance from Italy dropped in for a visit. They were in my section and are spending a few days with us.

 Sergeant A.H. Calder of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, who carries a camera and tripod, examining one of the German miniature two-man submarines discovered in a shipyard at Kiel, Germany, 18 May 1945.  LAC.

Sergeant A.H. Calder of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, who carries a camera and tripod, examining one of the German miniature two-man submarines discovered in a shipyard at Kiel, Germany, 18 May 1945. LAC.

 Sergeant A.H. Calder of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit filming the bomb-damaged Krupp shipyard at Kiel, Germany, 18 May 1945.  LAC.

Sergeant A.H. Calder of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit filming the bomb-damaged Krupp shipyard at Kiel, Germany, 18 May 1945. LAC.

May 17, 1945

May 17 — Gordie, Pat Coulter, Stover and Smith and I drove up through Oldenburg to Wilhelmshaven and the submarine fleet which had surrendered. We then drove back to Oldenburg and out to Bremen. Bremen had taken a terrible pounding, but is peculiar. Walls are standing but the buildings are gutted.

Bremen, 1945. AAF.

Bremen, 1945. AAF.

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