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Canadian Infantry units in West Germany, circa 1963.....

April 15 2013 at 10:22 PM
John S. 

Was wondering if anyone can say what Canadian Infantry Batallion(s) might have been posted to the north part of West Germany, and what Fort(s) they would have been located at?
Any assistance greatly appreciated.
Cheers,
John S.

 
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Christopher Furlotte

4 Canadian Infantry Brigade.(1960's)

April 16 2013, 6:30 AM 

Hello John,


Here is a few websites that will point you in the right direction and history of 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade, stationed in forts in the Westphalia region,it was called as 'Kleines Kanada'(Little Canada)in those days long ago when the Brigade was station there from 1953-1971.

http://www.ruhrmemories.ca/

http://www.baor-locations.org/Documents/Canadian%20Brigade.pdf


Chris

 
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John S.

4 Canadian Infanty Brigade Group 1960`s......

April 16 2013, 6:27 PM 

Chris:
Thanks for this.
It would appear that in 1964, 1 PPCLI was at Fort MacLeod, 3 R22eR A/T Coy was at Fort Anne,
and 2 RHC was at Fort St Louis, so my question was answered.
Cheers,
John S.

 
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Alex

One more ...

April 17 2013, 6:12 AM 

Your list of battalions within 4CIBG during 1964 would not be complete without
the 1st Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment which was stationed in Fort York, near Soest.

 
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Dan Martel

"B" Coy, 3 R22eR

April 17 2013, 9:27 AM 

The anti-tank company did not arrive in Germany until the fall of 1964, so it wouldn't have been in country during 1963. Sorry for being so pedantic but the Army in the 60's is one of the few subjects about which I have any knowledge.

Fort York, outside of Soest, was the residence for the infantry battalion assigned to Germany from 2 CIBG in Ontario.

Fort St Louis, outside of Werl, was the location for the battalion from 3 CIBG in Eastern Canada.

Fort MacLeod, outside of Deilinghofen (sp), was the location for the battalion from 1 CIBG in Western Canada.

If you're looking for anything specific or about which I might have some information, please feel free to ask.

Cheers,
Dan.

 
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Christopher Furlotte

This is off topic but.....

April 17 2013, 11:19 AM 

I thought to post this information just in case anyone would like to know that in the Soest region the Belgium Army was also based here as well as they too were part of (B.A.O.R.) 'British Army on the Rhine', and were stationed here from 1946 to 2002 in Soest, and from what this website also mentions is the last Belgium solders didn't leave the Federal Republic of Germany until 2004!

Anyways I thought to post this in case 'anyone' was interested!?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_Forces_in_Germany

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map-Germany-1945.svg (Canadians were attached in the British sector in northern Germany from 1951 to 1971, and then moved to the French Sector from 1970 to 1994.) CFB Lahr and Baden-Baden.

Chris

 
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Terry Jolie

I was at Fort Macleod

September 13 2016, 12:36 AM 

I was at Fort MacLeod Germany Close to Hemer 1963 - 1965 with first Battalion PPCLI. We replaced the Queens Own Rifles.
It wa the fulfillment of a life long dream of mine to go to Germany. Truly one of highlights of my life. Made a lot of new friends in local bar (Molly Bar) as I remember it. Did a lot of traveling on my 250cc two stroke Zundap. Fun times.
I have pictures from my time there bought an Agfaflex 35mm camera. We were right next to a Canadian Tank battalion maybe RCHA . Not sure if this helps you or not. All I can say is that I look back with fond memories of my time in West Germay.

Best Regards,

PTE First Class Terry Jolie

 
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Arthur Lavergne Jr

Old Friends

March 19 2017, 7:05 PM 

good day My dad was Pte Arthur Lavergne and he would like you to give me your number so I can have him contact you for a conversation on old times he is now living in Kingston Ontario.

 
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Arthur Lavergne Jr

Old Friends

March 19 2017, 7:07 PM 

My phone number is 1 506 357-2680

 
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Terry Jolie

I was at Fort Macleod

September 13 2016, 12:36 AM 

I was at Fort MacLeod Germany Close to Hemer 1963 - 1965 with first Battalion PPCLI. We replaced the Queens Own Rifles.
It wa the fulfillment of a life long dream of mine to go to Germany. Truly one of highlights of my life. Made a lot of new friends in local bar (Molly Bar) as I remember it. Did a lot of traveling on my 250cc two stroke Zundap. Fun times.
I have pictures from my time there bought an Agfa 35mm camera. We were right next to a Canadian Tank battalion maybe RCR's. Not sure if this helps you or not. All I can say is that I look back with font memories of my time in West Germay.

Best Regards,

PTE Fist Class Terry Jolie

 
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Dan Martel

Welcome, Terry

September 13 2016, 7:31 AM 

You were with 1 PPCLI at a very interesting time; when they became the first mechanized infantry battalion in the Canadian Army (at least according to the 1965 edition of 'The Patricia'). Also serving in your battalion was young Capt de Chastelain, the future CDS.

I for one would welcome seeing any photos you have from your time in, whether in Germany or not. Cold War soldiering is a very hot topic at the moment.

Cheers,
Dan.

PS: The fort adjacent to Fort MacLeod was Fort Prince of Wales, the location of the resident RCHA regiment.

 
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Christopher Furlotte

The Baltic Region & Poland, Cold War Part II....??

September 17 2016, 6:38 AM 

Speaking of cold war soldiering, I saw this article here this morning and put it up here if anyone is interested? The articles I've read in the past two years they've are calling the latest military escalation in Eastern Europe as a feeling of 'cold war part II'. Canada is now commencing a task force (A brigade !?) to this region as part of our NATO security collective agreement.


http://www.macleans.ca/politics/canadian-soldiers-are-the-new-deterrents-in-the-baltics/

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/32639664/canada-to-send-450-troops-to-latvia/#page1

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/liberals-considering-nato-request-to-send-1000-canadian-troops-to-eastern-europe


In Poland too, Canadian troops are participating in military exercises.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-troops-join-nato-mission-in-poland-1.3731267

 
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