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