May 18, 1942 – Matilda tank

Busy all day getting ready to go on scheme. The whole Canadian Corps is going on “Tiger”, but a few picked units are going away from about five weeks special intensive training. We know we are the only Tank Unit, but don’t know what other Units are taking part and we don’t know just when we are going or where – great excitement and all sorts of rumors – probably none of which are right.

Note: This marks the first reference in Doc Alexander’s journals of the lead up to the Dieppe Raid (Operation Jubilee), which would occur three months later on August 19, 1942.

Members of the Calgary Tanks with a Matilda tank in Wales, 1941. Doc Alexander is second from the left. Alexander family collection.

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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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