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1st Polish Armoured Division / Canadian Forces September 1944

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  1. Filip D. WILLEMS

    Filip D. WILLEMS New Member

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    Good afternoon,

    My town Zelzate in Belgium was liberated by the Canadians on September 19, 1944 and by the 1st Polish Armoured Division on September 17th. We have a canal in the middle of the town, so the Canadian Forces took the western part, the Polihs Forces the eastern part.

    We are in the process to erect a monument for them in September 2023

    I could use some information for a booklet explaining the actions of the units that liberated us please:
    looking for diaries, journals, history, photo's :

    POLISH ARMD DIV
    Podhale Battalion
    10/11 Cie Sappers
    10 PSK
    24th Regiment Lancers

    CANADIAN FORCES
    Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
    South Alberta (Tank) Regiment
    The Algonquin Regiment (just on the border Zelzate/Assenede

    Everlasting Gratitude !

    Filip
     
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    Biak Adjutant Staff Member Patron  

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  3. Filip D. WILLEMS

    Filip D. WILLEMS New Member

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    Thank you Biak for the links ! Yes, I have contacted them (also a museum in Zagan Poland for the Polish Podhale Battalion). Contacted nothing else yet.
    The museum fot the A&SH said their archiver will contact me soon, but he was rather busy. So I am waiting patiently :) Hope he will write soon.
    Would be nice if we would have the history of the units liberating the town at the time we erect the monument.
     
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    Biak Adjutant Staff Member Patron  

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    Keep checking in and post what you find out. That way your request will stay near the top of the posts. Easier to see that way.
    As I mentioned , I'm sure there are many with questions about Belgium during ww2 and I hope you can give your perspective on what we'll be asking you. :D
     
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    May I suggest you use the mapping services of Project 44. Link below

    Project '44

    With Project 44, you can place the Unit name in the search bar, and it will tell you every day from the 6 Jun until war end WHERE each of the units above were. When you move the date to the date you want, then you just touch the unit marker on the map, and it will give you the War Diaries for that unit for that day. So basically you can see the War Diaries of each of the units above for the the days you’re looking for.

    BUT, their are no Polish unit War diaries on the above maps unfortunately.

    Cheers
     
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    Filip D. WILLEMS New Member

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    Absolutely ! Just "shoot" ! :)
     
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    Thanks for your help, I got all war diaries by now; the ones I need = Argylls, South Alberta, 4th Div and Algonquils. => OK. <3
    "Pain in the ass" (sorry) is pictures from those units, especially in Belgium.... There is little in the Archives, and we need Copyright for them = asked by mail by now.
     
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    Glad you are finding what you need. I know you are busy with setting up the Memorial but I think I can speak for most of us on the Forum that we would truly appreciate it if you can continue to hang around.
    This WW2f forum is in my humble opinion the best for digging up information and Belgium ranks very highly in World War II. I'm sure there is much interest scattered among those of us here.
     
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    I will gladly answer any question :)
     

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