June 16–19, 1945

June 16 — Gordie and I left for Apeldoorn about 9 A.M. It is a lovely drive  — 39 km. The Town itself is very lovely. I had to go on to Arnhem and report to #1 Gen Hosp. at Nijmegen. There I saw Col Goring and Mason Cooper. Returned to Apeldoorn and had an interview with Brig. Elder. I am being put on the first available draft for Canada.

June 17 — Loaded my jeep with stolen articles from Germany and started for Zielst. We went down by way of Utrecht on a wonderful road, but the bridges over the Neder Rijin and Maas were out and we had to go over on ferries. The country just north of ’s-hertogenbosch is very badly knocked to pieces. Coming home we came by way of Nijmegen and Arnhem. We arrived home at 3:15 A.M very cold and tired.

June 18 — General meeting in Amersfoort between Col Hunter the ADMS of Co F and the old and new OC’s of the 4th FDS who are being made over into Occupation Forces −5-6-7-10. I am being held on as OC for a few days. This afternoon, Ronnie, Staff, Gordie and I went on a long sightseeing tour and really saw this part of Holland. We drove to Amersfoort, then north west through beautiful country to Hilversum, known as the Hollywood of Europe. En route we passed through Soest, where the Queen has a lovely summer palace. Hilversum is very modern and is the most beautiful place I have every seen. From here we drove along the Ijsselmeer on Zuider Zee to Amsterdam — a very lovely drive. The Zuider Zee to looks like any other sea, but was very impressive with its hundreds of sail boats. Amsterdam is very nice, but I have never seen so many apartment houses in my life. From here we drove straight west right across the Penninsula to Haarlem, a short distance inland from the North Sea. In this area there was some evidence of flooding. We now drove south through the Tulip country to Leiden — unfortunately the season was over, but the Tulip fields were there. From here we went down the coast to The Hague, a very beautiful city. one large part of the city has been very badly damaged. Saw the Royal Palace, a very mean looking little house right in the centre of the City. From the Hague, we drove to Rotterdam, in my opinion the least likeable of any of the cities — not as badly damaged the Hague, but beaten up quite a bit. From Rotterdam to Gouda, from Gouda to Utrecht, a very lovely City, then to Amersfoort and home to Hoevelaken. A simply glorious trip, which really gave one some idea of the Netherlands. The reclaimed land is as flat as our prairies.

June 19 — Capt. Green left this morning to assume the duties of RMO at a COF Btn. Paul Carson also left for Bruges where he will be married tomorrow. Dave McKenzie and Archie Hardyman and their four men moved this morning to #3 Can. Gen. Hosp. at Apeldoorn. This afternoon I hope to go to Doorn and visit the Calgary Regiment. I am just waiting for draft to England, so am enjoying myself.

 Entertainers and troopers of The Calgary Regiment in front of a sign reading "Calgary Roundup", an event which included sports, entertainment, refreshments, and the presentation of a silver service to the regiment's commanding officer, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 18 June 1945.  LAC.

Entertainers and troopers of The Calgary Regiment in front of a sign reading “Calgary Roundup”, an event which included sports, entertainment, refreshments, and the presentation of a silver service to the regiment’s commanding officer, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 18 June 1945. LAC.

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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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