July 21, 1942

Combined exercise with the 1st Div, Infantry, north of Lewes using live ammunition. Very tiresome day – as usual 2nd Field Amb. refused to cooperate – thus making the usual mess we have always had when working with them. In the evening I do to go over to Burgess Hill.

Officers of the Calgary Regiment, March 1942. Alexander family collection.


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.

5 responses to “July 21, 1942”

  1. Medic says :

    The entries of July 21 and 19 are interesting, they do show that harmony was not everywhere in the Canadian Army …… we do not read that in the Official History

    • Rob Alexander says :

      That’s an excellent point. Those are the things that rarely make it into the official histories. There’s a number of enteries throughout my grandfather’s journals that show his frustration with how the army was run. Not always effectively or efficiently.

  2. Dave says :

    My Father in law Ted Court was the driver of the “Miracle Tank” at Motta. Since finding your site I am fascinated by the personal side of the war which differs so vastly from the “Official” records. Thank you so much for sharing your families stories

    • Rob Alexander says :

      Hi Dave. Thanks for your comment. I’m really glad you’re finding value in my grandfather’s journals. And I’m certainly curious to learn more about your father-in-law and the Miracle Tank. Was he with the Calgary Tanks? This is a story I know nothing about, but you’ve certainly piqued my interest.

      • Dave says :

        It was written up in the Legion Magazine under the title Mayhem at Motta. Calgary Tanks, Tank Commander Arnie Charboneau won the Military Cross for the event. I have PDFs of Teds letter of the event, the legion article, as well as a newspaper clipping. if your interested

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