First world war memorial at near Vimy in France. Canadian national Vimy memorial.
IMAGE - A rarely viewed photo of 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion soldiers crossing the Elbe River in Lauenburg, Germany, enroute to capturing the Baltic seaport of Wismar.
(Photos coutesy Harry Dzeoba)
The Story Of A Canadian Paratrooper, Harry Dzeoba
Harry Dzeoba was just 17 when he joined the Canadian Army in the summer of 1942.
Dzeoba was a part of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, which skimmed the top soldiers from the pool of volunteers beginning in 1942.
“It only existed for three years, from 1942 to ’45,” he said. “I found I had quite an interesting experience with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion because of its rare qualities. It focused on special operations that the military demanded from time to time. All the programs we were asked to perform were successful in every way.”
Still in training, Dzeoba was lucky enough to miss the Battalion’s drop into France in support of the D-Day invasion at Normandy in June of 1944. The battalion succeeded in every objective behind enemy lines despite taking heavy losses.
Dzeoba says he would have been involved in a few minor operations before Varsity, which came on the heels on a punishing winter for both Allied and German Forces in the Ardennes.
On March 24, 1945, Dzeoba and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion dropped into Germany and in just over one month advanced nearly 500 kilometres across Germany’s northern plains to the Baltic seaport of Wismar. Securing Wismar was an urgent matter as Allied Forces wished to facilitate a surrender of German forces in Denmark and Norway, a prospect that would be far less likely should Russian forces advancing from the East get there first.
“There were skirmishes on our way up to Wismar,” said Dzeoba. “We were subject to fire from hidden machine gun nests — usually hidden behind stone fences. We had to be wary of stuff like that. Occasionally my platoon was designated to go with ‘spearhead company’ and that was kind of a challenge in most cases. You had to be cautious.”
Crossing the Elbe and taking Wismar well in advance of the Russians, Dzeoba says he can remember interacting with members of the Red Army as the war in Europe drew to a close in May of 1945.
“We celebrated a little bit,” he said.
IMAGE - Female factory worker posed with finished Sten sub-machinegun, Small Arms Plant, Long Branch, Ontario, Canada, 26 May 1942
Photographer Nicholas Morant
Source Library and Archives Canada
Vimy Ridge before the battle, taken from a observation balloon.(LAC)
Geraldine Hoff Doyle, was a 17 years (in 1942) while she was working at the American Broach & Machine Co. when a photographer snapped a pic of her on the job.
That image used by J. Howard Miller for the “We Can Do It!” poster, released during World War II.
Oh shit, that’s the real “Rosie the Riveter” ?
BAMF INDEED. This woman deserves all the respect in the universe!
I need this on my blog.
this should have way more notes
Step aside, people, Rosie the fucking Riveter is on your dash!
Personnel at a 1st Canadian Army Headquarter’s captured vehicle park, examining a Goliath remote control vehicle developed by Borgward for the German Army. Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 12 June 1945. (L-R): Major A.G. Sangster, Lance-Corporal D. Boyle, Sergeant W. Farwell
Gunners of “B” Troop, 5th Battery, 5th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, firing a 25-pounder (11.4 kg) gun. (L-R): Sergeant Jack Brown, Bombardier Joe Wilson, Gunners Lyle Ludwig, Bill Budd, George Spence and Bill “Scotty” Stewart.
Location: Malden, Netherlands
Date: February 1, 1945.
Juno Beach, late on D-Day.