On the 11th of November the Algonquins moved into the Waalwijk/Baarwijk area of Holland and were assigned a holding role astride the main channel of the Maas River. They remained there until January 1945. With two rifle companies always occupying the river and dyke line, the regiment conducted aggressive patrolling while cycling companies out of the line for intensive training. According to the action described in Warpath, L/Cpl. Asplund was very likely part of a platoon strength patrol from "D" company, led by Lieut. R.P. Hooper, on the 21st. The 30 men in the patrol were in the process of withdrawing after an encounter with the enemy at a house near the river when, amid the darkness and confusion, the patrol set off a number of "S" mines. Nine men were killed and twelve wounded. Virtually all the regiments casualties during the period of Nov. 5 - Dec. 31, occurred in this action. Warpath does list L/Cpl. Asplund as one of the fatal casualties during this time frame. Afterwards, Sgt. George Campbell of "C" Company volunteered to bring out the bodies of the dead and did so in daylight, under direct sniper fire and within the minefield. He subsequently won the Military Medal for this brave effort.