It was 75 years ago, in the morning, that Canadian soldiers of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, supported by other Canadians in warships and in aircraft, landed at Juno Beach, in Normandy. The initial assault was carried out by:
- The 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, comprised of ~
- The 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade ~
- The 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade was in reserve, it consisted of ~
Of course, there were many other units, including e.g. the 7th Reconnaissance Regiment (17th Duke of York’s Royal Canadian Hussars) and several regiments of artillery, engineers, signals and service troops.
The individual landing sites on Gold, Juno and Sword beaches (where the British and Canadians came ashore) were identified by letter, using the (old) phonetic alphabet, from How to Roger. The Canadians landed at Mike and Nan beaches which were further subdivided by colour:
We salute them all, those who fought, especially those who fell, and those who remember … some commentators are worried that we will, soon, forget. I am sure that many will, perhaps that’s why whoever writes Justin Trudeau’s speeches for him (he’s both too busy and not smart enough write is own) decided to celebrate the Dieppe raid (Operation Jubilee, 19 Aug 42) rather than D-Day (Operation Overlord, 6 Jun 1944); but I think that our institutional memory is long and that historians will keep returning to the Second World War and to D-Day’s place in it. Perhaps D-day doesn’t yet have a Shakespeare who can do for it what the Bard did for Agincourt, but it’s only 75 years … there’s plenty of time.