Old 04-17-2017, 10:03 AM   #1
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Hi all,

When I was at the CWM research centre last week (first visit) I went to the used book room and came across a volume in a binder which turned out to be a copy of "The Informal History of the Calgary Regiment" published by the 50/14 Veterans' Association in 1990.

Or possibly this is a reprint because the paper is still in great shape, not yellowed.

I was sort of wondering how common this is. It doesn't seem like this material is online and it really should be preserved. Some of the book is reprinted material - a booklet from just post-war, and an article from a 70s scale model magazine about Dieppe - but there are all kinds of veterans' accounts in it.

And disturbingly, now that I've searched for it on google, the Army Museum of Alberta apparently reported a copy of this stolen some years ago. :( I hope it's not my copy!

Chris
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:40 PM   #2
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Hi all,

When I was at the CWM research centre last week (first visit) I went to the used book room and came across a volume in a binder which turned out to be a copy of "The Informal History of the Calgary Regiment" published by the 50/14 Veterans' Association in 1990.

Or possibly this is a reprint because the paper is still in great shape, not yellowed.

I was sort of wondering how common this is. It doesn't seem like this material is online and it really should be preserved. Some of the book is reprinted material - a booklet from just post-war, and an article from a 70s scale model magazine about Dieppe - but there are all kinds of veterans' accounts in it.

And disturbingly, now that I've searched for it on google, the Army Museum of Alberta apparently reported a copy of this stolen some years ago. :( I hope it's not my copy!

Chris
Chris, I'm sorry I'm not sure exactly what your question is??

If you wondering about unit histories, after the Second World War, ALL units of the Canadian Army were directed by Can Military HQ's to "write" a informal history. So many of these were made directly after the war. The "duty" to write it given to someone in the unit that wanted to, usually a Junior Officer.

Usually they took the Units war diaries, and used that, sometimes adding narrative, sometime the "author" used only narrative. Then some of the units "published it" giving a copy to each man in the unit at that time.

Some have disappeared to the public, some went to LAC as part of their war diaries, some are on line etc etc. It would be great if ALL (that survive) were on line.

Here's a link that has a lot of the Royal Canadian Artillery histories from WW2:

http://www.royalartilleryunitsnether...an-covers.html

Unfortunately, its only the "cover" of the book, they haven't made the contents public.........which is unfortunate.

If this WASN'T your question, please ask again and we'll try to help
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Just to be clear, as I said, the binder contains a short document which was prepared post-war and given to members of the unit, which matches what you describe of unit informal histories. But it seems that in the late 80s someone had the idea of gathering together additional material from veterans.

I was wondering how common is this particular document - has it been made for sale at the unit's museum or anything like that? Is it online somewhere? (Not that I can find.)

Sorry for the rambling.
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Just to be clear, as I said, the binder contains a short document which was prepared post-war and given to members of the unit, which matches what you describe of unit informal histories. But it seems that in the late 80s someone had the idea of gathering together additional material from veterans.

I was wondering how common is this particular document - has it been made for sale at the unit's museum or anything like that? Is it online somewhere? (Not that I can find.)

Sorry for the rambling.
There are LOTS of sources to try and find the info you want a:

Ask the Unit. http://www.calgaryhighlanders.com/history/history.htm

And if that isn't what your looking for, ask the Directate of History & Heritage at DND

http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/index-eng.asp

And if that isn't what your looking for, as LAC

http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/index-eng.asp

Or try the Glenbow Museum, they have Calgary Highlander fonds:

http://www.glenbow.org/collections/s...ighlanders.cfm

Or try the University of Calgary fonds, they have a history of the Calgary Highlanders on line for FREE

http://contentdm.ucalgary.ca/cdm/ref...n/cmh/id/16510

Or Alberta on Record fonds:

https://albertaonrecord.ca/first-bat...939-1945-fonds

Or these books:

Histories:

Gallant Canadians: the story of the Tenth Canadian Infantry Battalion, 1914-1919 / by Daniel G. Dancocks. Calgary: Calgary Highlanders Regimental Funds Foundation, 1990. 251 p

The Story of the Tenth Canadian Battalion, 1914-1918 / by J.A. Holland. London: Charles, 1918

Battalion of heroes: the Calgary Highlanders in World War II / by David Jay Bercuson. Calgary: Calgary Highlanders Regimental Funds Foundation, 1994. 297 p

The History of the Calgary Highlanders, 1921-54 / by Roy Alexander Farran. Calgary: Bryant Press, 1955. 222 p.

Or try the forums at ww2Talk:

http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads...ing-ww2.36207/

OR The Brit National Archives

http://www.arcre.com/wdsearch

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