La 3e division d’infanterie canadienne

Ed Storey

Date Published :
July 2018
Publisher :
Histoire and Collections
Series :
les unités alliées de la libération
Illustration :
Over 300 photos and maps
No associated books available.


Text in French:

The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division was made famous as one of the Allied assault formations for the June 1944 Normandy invasion, but a generation earlier this division was also renown as having fought as part of the Canadian Corps during the First World War fighting in many key engagements such as The Battle of Mont Sorrel, and The Battle of the Somme in 1916, and Vimy Ridge and The Battle of Passchendaele, in 1917. After fighting in Normandy, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division as part of 1st Canadian Army, cleared the channel ports and pushed on to liberate western Belgium and The Netherlands before advancing into Germany.

Following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division provided the nucleus of the Canadian Army Occupation Force until finally being repatriated home and demobilized during the summer of 1946. The legacy of the division lived on, this time as a NATO Brigade Group stationed in Germany during the height of the Cold War from 1951 until 1993.

Reconstituted on June 6, 2014, the 70th Anniversary of the division’s landing in Normandy, 3rd Canadian Division is now the major Canadian Army formation in Western Canada encompassing a massive area from the Pacific Ocean to Thunder Bay, Ontario. This new division now contains Regular and Reserve Brigades as well as Canadian Ranger Patrol Group and is well suited to serve Canada wherever needed, either at home or abroad.

About The Author

Ed Storey is from a military family and is a retired 35-year Canadian Military Engineer Warrant Officer Veteran with UN service in The Former Yugoslavia, disaster relief service in Honduras and NATO service in both Bosnia and Afghanistan. His final task was to oversee the recording and repatriation of the memorials to the 158 fatal Canadian casualties in Afghanistan back to Canada in 2010 and 2011.

A passionate enthusiast for Canadian military history, Ed was first began writing plastic scale modelling articles while in college and progressed into writing not only about Canadian military vehicles but also on insignia and uniforms. His work has been featured in several magazines, and he has also written three books and been a guest lecturer for both military units and universities. Although he has been collecting Canadian Army militaria for over four decades, Ed also counts rum tasting and collecting, photography and travel as his other main interests. Ed has also served on the Canadian War Museum Advisory Committee and The Board of Directors of Friends of the Canadian War Museum.

Ed is married and lives in Ottawa with his wife and family.

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