Looking for war diary Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada feb-mrt 1945

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  1. Captain Roel

    Captain Roel Junior Member

    Who can help me with the War Diary of the Queens own cameron highlanders or canada Feb and March 1945. Family of Lt Col EP Thomson come to the Netherlands in September and want to visit the place where he died during Operation Blockbuster. I am very grateful for any help.
     
  2. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

  3. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    This might help from Historical records of Queens Own Cameron Highlanders vol6. Seems he was killed in the area of Calcar. German spelling KalKar
     

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  4. Captain Roel

    Captain Roel Junior Member

    Hello Chris,
    Thank you for your response. I think I will make inquiries via LMH.
    Roel.
     
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  5. Captain Roel

    Captain Roel Junior Member

    Hello 51 Highland,
    Thank you for your response.
    Roel.
     
  6. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Thompson took over command at the liberation of Dieppe, becoming the youngest battalion commander in the Canadian army.
     
  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    For others information

    Lieutenant-Colonel E.P. Thompson of The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, at 23 years of age the youngest Commanding Officer in the Canadian Army, Dieppe, France, 3 September 1944.

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    Item - Library and Archives Canada
    They may have more details

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    Canada Army 3 NW Europe: Chapter 19: The Battle of the Rhineland, Part II: Operation BLOCKBUSTER, 22 February–10 March 1945
    The 6th Brigade’s nearest objective was the Fusiliers’, immediately east of the Calcar-Üdem road. Although ten of the carrying tanks bogged down and one hit a mine, Lt.-Col. Dextraze’s battalion had taken its ground by 5:10 a.m.26 On the left The South Saskatchewan Regiment were transported safely through considerable machine-gun fire to their assigned positions on high ground near the Cleve-Xanten railway. The Camerons’ objective lay on the Calcar ridge two miles east of the start-line, but soon after the attacking force crossed the line soft going and mines along the Calcar-Üdem road compelled it to swing north and advance along the axis used by Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal. It was now seven o’clock. The barrage had been lost and the Cameron columns encountered heavy fire as they moved on. The Commanding Officer, Lt.-Col. E. P. Thompson, was killed by a sniper.27 The capture and consolidation of the battalion’s objectives, vital to the success of the brigade and indeed the whole corps operation, was due in great part to the gallantry of the commander of A Company, Major D. M. Rodgers, which won him the DSO Single-handed he cleared two houses of enemy snipers who were blocking his company’s advance, and taking over battalion headquarters he personally disposed of a third houseful of Germans whose fire was sweeping the headquarters area. Visiting each company in turn he ensured that all unit objectives were taken and held against counter-attack. By midday on the 26th the

    one or the other is a copy of the other - HyperWar: The Victory Campaign [Chapter 19]
    The Commanding Officer, Lt.-Col. E. P. Thompson, was killed by a sniper.27
     
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