Canadian War Diaries for WW2.

Discussion in 'Canadian' started by Owen, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I know the War Diaries for the CEF of WW1 are at Kew, I've read a few.
    Are there any WW2 ones there or are they in the National Archives of Canada?
    I was wondering where the A & SH of Canada's WD was?
    What's the Catologue Number for it too ?
    It might help George Wilkinson with research into his Uncle Lorne.
     
  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    There are copies of all the WW2 Commonwealth War Diaries at Kew. Many of them contain all sorts of original stuff, including photos. I have the entire catalogue for the Canadian ones on the HD of my desktop; will check it when I am back.
     
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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  4. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    There are copies of all the WW2 Commonwealth War Diaries at Kew. Many of them contain all sorts of original stuff, including photos. I have the entire catalogue for the Canadian ones on the HD of my desktop; will check it when I am back.

    That would be of great interest to me. Military Cross is kindly looking at contacts in Canada so I can obtain some unit information and if some of it is in the UK, that would be fantastic
     
  5. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Owen - they are in WO179 at Kew.
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Ah it's the way they are named.
    1 A. and S.H. of Canada
    WO 179/1970


    WO 179/2924

    WO 179/4497








    The search function is shite.
    Had to look for canada found 1 A. and S.H. of Canada so pasted that in then got NO RESULTS!!!!
     
  7. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Ah it's the way they are named.

    The search function is shite.
    Had to look for canada found 1 A. and S.H. of Canada so pasted that in then got NO RESULTS!!!!

    I second the above comment. Found 2 out of 4 units I am looking for.

    I'm now looking for 127 LAD and 131 LAD and have tried countless combinations without success.

    It's Double Shite for that search engine Owen!!

    Other than that, thanks to Paul for letting us know that copies exist in the UK. Brilliant.

    Robert
     
  8. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    They often include a lot of 'extras' as well. In the Black Watch of Canada diaries there are group photos of all the officers for example.

    I agree TNA's search can be difficult, but the catalogue descriptions of WW2 diaries are 'odd' to say the least.
     
  9. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    What about the CRA War Daries, as beside the Regimental books I also would like to put the WDs of my site.
     
  10. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

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    Have you heard that Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is digitizing the entire Second World War war diary collection?

    Starting in August last year, the LAC begin scanning the war diaries in support of Project ’44: The Road to Liberation. Tens of thousands of pages have been scanned, providing a plethora of documents that have not been seen by the public in 75 years!

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  11. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    How do I access the War Diaries?
     
  12. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Likewise.
     
  13. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

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  14. Pronto91

    Pronto91 Canadian Signals Researcher

    WDs for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) from September 1944 until January 1945 appear to be online at Library and Archives Canada
     
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