May 7, 1945 — the Second World War journals of Doc Alexander

May 7 – Visited Corps – said goodbye to Brig. Farmer and had a long talk with Brig. Playfair. Our future roles is a Corp Recovery Centre and we are already busy arranging for it. FTU will be withdrawn, four Nurses withdrawn, and we will be back to our original number. We are well situated here and perhaps can keep a good deal of boredom out of this thing. Tonight Tiny and I drove to Oldenburg.

Tomorrow will be official “V” Day – memories.

A convoy of trucks of Allied food supplies moving into German-occupied territory along the road from Wageningen to Rhenan, Netherlands, 3 May 1945. Library Archives Canada.

A convoy of trucks of Allied food supplies moving into German-occupied territory along the road from Wageningen to Rhenan, Netherlands, 3 May 1945. Library Archives Canada.

Message from Army Commander to be passed to all ranks 1st. Can. Army. “From Sicily to Rimini (?), from the beaches of Dieppe to those of Normandy and from thence to Northern France, Belgium, Holland NW Germany, the Canadians and their Allied comrades in this Army have carried out their responsibilities in the high traditions which they inherited. The official order that offensive operations of all troops of 1st Can. Army will cease forthwith and that all fire will cease from 0800 hrs May 5/45 has been issued. Crushing and complete victory over the German Army has been secured. In rejoicing at this supreme accomplishment, we shall remember the friends who have paid the full priced for the belief they also hold that No sacrifice in the interest of the principles for which we fought could be too great.”

Farewell message to 2nd Can. Corps Medicals from Brig. Farmer: “I wish to extend to all Officers, Nursing Sisters and other ranks serving in the RCAMC in 2nd Can. Corps, my deep and sincere thanks for all their duties during the period, now ended, in which I have been DDMS of the Corps. The great success of the campaign is a monument to the skill and efficiency of our troops, and the Medicals have on all occasions given an excellent account of themselves. My good wishes to follow you always. I hope Commanding Officers will bring these words to the attention of their Units. God Bless you all.”

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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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