Hello from Quebec City, Canada

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by Frederic Smith, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. Hello,

    I'm glad to have stumbled on this forum, as I am more familiar with French speaking forums (and hosted one a long time ago about WWII).

    Despite my last name, I'm a French speaker and I'v been working as a professionnal historian for the last 20 years. I published a few books, including one in 2012 about the French Resistance in Canada.

    I'm also the webmaster of an online ressource about Quebec and the World Wars : www.quebecetlesguerres.org

    And a few years ago, I launched a small business where I help families to retrace the steps of a family member who served in the Great War or WWII. Using the military files, I build a story and give it to the family in the form of a professionnal-looking book. More about that here : www.parcoursdeguerre.ca

    With my friend, historian Sebastien Vincent, I'm currently working on a history of the Normandy Campaign from a French Canadian viewpoint. I suspect that this forum will be of great help!

    Have a nice day,

    Frederic Smith
    Quebec City, canada
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  2. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Welcome, Frederic! And hello from evil Toronto! What was the name of your book about the French Resistance in Canada, and was it published in English or French?
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Bienvenue de la Bretagne

  5. 509thPIB

    509thPIB Well-Known Member

  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Welcome to the forum.
    I went to Hull across the river from Ottawa back in the 90s.
    Noticed that everything in English-speaking Canada is bi-lingual but in Quebec it was only in French.
  7. battleofassche

    battleofassche Well-Known Member

    Hello Frederic and welcome to the forum from Calgary! I was originally from "La Belle Province" and grew up in Montreal.
  8. Thanks for the welcome.

    Did you know that the only officially bilingual province in Canada is New Brunswick? In Quebec French is the official language, anywhere else it's English.

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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  10. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Well, maybe the library in Toronto or Ottawa has a copy and I can try to puzzle through it with the remnants of my high school French.
  11. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Bonjour from Toronto too. Quebec is one of my favourite cities in Canada and I’ve visited it many times. Had a great meal at La Planque last time I was there
  12. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Welcome and enjoy.!!!
  13. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Welcome aboard.
  14. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    If, in your research for families, you discover that the individual served in either 5 Cdn Armd Div or 1 Cdn Inf Div in Italy, do get in touch.

    I cover Op CHESTERFIELD - the attack on the Hitler Line in May 44, and Op OLIVE - the attack on the Gothic Line in Sep 44, on my battlefield tours.

    The Canadians had a major role in both these operations.


  15. Duly noted, Frank.

    I did complete one research about an individual who served in Italy with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment. As you surely know, they were part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade.

    However, this individual had a peculiar time with the Hasty P's. He was imprisonned many times for desertion while he was in Italy. Still, he was wounded in action, near Ortona, on December 7th 1943. But he was AWOL, again, during the following Monte Cassino battles. He was then transfered to the Canadian Pionneer Company, where he met other soldiers with attitude or health problems and worked on railways and bridges.

    For a documentary aired on our French part of CBC Television (a French Canadian version of the Who Do You Think You Are tv show), a friend and I documented the journey of another soldier, Evariste Lagacé, on and off camera. He was the uncle of one of Quebec's most famous actors. I traveled with him to Aldershot and Portsmouth, UK, while my friend met him right after in Rome and retraced the journey through Italy. Lagacé was with the Carleton and York, part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade.

    We told the story on our website, but it's only in French, unfortunately (read the articles on this list from bottom to the top) :



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  16. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Welcome Fred

    Hope you enjoy the experience here. There are some very knowledgeable people who frequent this site.
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  17. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    No worries. I speak French and will check out the link.


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  18. Shane Greer

    Shane Greer We're Doomed

    Welcome to the forum.
  19. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    Welcome to the forum. I have a cousin and family near Toronto since the 1950s, but none of them served in WW2.
    Your book about the French Resistance in Canada - do you mean that they were Canadians who while in France joined the French Resistance?
  20. The French Resistance was also a political movement, the Free France movement, launched by Charles de Gaulle after his June 18 call to resist the Nazi invaders.

    Everywhere in the World, French nationals created committees to help the movement and fight Vichy and Pétain. In Quebec City, a French woman (married to a French Canadian doctor) named Marthe Simard launched the very first Free French committee outside of France and the UK. She was later nominated to represent Canada in Alger, in 1943, where de Gaulle created a kind a provisional parliament. She was the only woman deleguate, and she became the first French woman to sit in a French parliament. She followed the parliament in Paris after the Liberation. She lived in Quebec City, Canada, from her marriage in 1932 up to her death in 1993, at age 92.
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