The Canadian Army formed two parachute units during the war: 1st and 2nd Canadian Parachute Battalions. Initial parties were trained in either the British (Ringway) or US (Fort Benning) parachute schools, pending the setting up of Canada’s own establishment at Camp Shilo. 
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion arrived in England on June 1943 where it immediately  became part of the British 6th Airborne Division. The first paratroops from the 1st Battalion jumped into Normandy at 00.20 hours on June 6, 1944. The battalion remained in Normandy, fighting in a ground role, until August 6 when it returned to the UK. 
The battalion arrived in Belgium, this time by ship, on December 23, 1944 and marched forward to fight in the Ardennes until February 1945 when it again returned to England.
The battalion’s first operational drop was in Operation Varsity (Rhine crossing) where it was involved in very heavy fighting. Eventually successful, the battalion then advanced on foot and reached Wismar on the Baltic coast on May 2, 1945, where it met Soviet forces advancing from the east, the only Canadians to meet the Russians face-to-face.
- Fighting Men of World War II

The Canadian Army formed two parachute units during the war: 1st and 2nd Canadian Parachute Battalions. Initial parties were trained in either the British (Ringway) or US (Fort Benning) parachute schools, pending the setting up of Canada’s own establishment at Camp Shilo. 

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion arrived in England on June 1943 where it immediately  became part of the British 6th Airborne Division. The first paratroops from the 1st Battalion jumped into Normandy at 00.20 hours on June 6, 1944. The battalion remained in Normandy, fighting in a ground role, until August 6 when it returned to the UK. 

The battalion arrived in Belgium, this time by ship, on December 23, 1944 and marched forward to fight in the Ardennes until February 1945 when it again returned to England.

The battalion’s first operational drop was in Operation Varsity (Rhine crossing) where it was involved in very heavy fighting. Eventually successful, the battalion then advanced on foot and reached Wismar on the Baltic coast on May 2, 1945, where it met Soviet forces advancing from the east, the only Canadians to meet the Russians face-to-face.

- Fighting Men of World War II


2 years ago with 192 notes
Posted on May 14th at 12:58 PM
Tagged as: aph: canada. matthew williams. Axis Powers Hetalia. hetalia. aph.
  1. aphstockholm reblogged this from chevalierviolet
  2. nekotecki reblogged this from chevalierviolet
  3. run3shadow reblogged this from canadaph
  4. professionally-strange reblogged this from canadaph
  5. canadaph reblogged this from chevalierviolet
  6. theredvipers reblogged this from fuckyeahhetalianhistory
  7. thelatheofheaven reblogged this from chevalierviolet
  8. thegrimshapeofyoursmile reblogged this from fuckyeahhetalianhistory
  9. marathefangirl reblogged this from fuckyeahhetalianhistory
  10. lennonhead reblogged this from fuckyeahhetalianhistory
  11. fuckyeahhetalianhistory reblogged this from losthitsu
  12. gotvodka reblogged this from vianthegryphon
  13. vianthegryphon reblogged this from versailles-fairytale
  14. neverwithoutmyipod reblogged this from nanihoo
  15. cinnaboninja reblogged this from nanihoo
  16. notoriouslysketchy reblogged this from nanihoo
  17. kanentokons reblogged this from nanihoo
  18. buckbees reblogged this from versailles-fairytale
  19. nanihoo reblogged this from versailles-fairytale
  20. versailles-fairytale reblogged this from chevalierviolet and added:
    For you, Nanihoo. You know where my heart lies.
  21. lance-corporal-loveme reblogged this from mistressofhetalia
  22. nessamorgoth reblogged this from cisman
  23. icecaffemocha reblogged this from videv
  24. cisman reblogged this from videv
theme by: heloteixeira
theme by: heloísa teixeira