Old 04-12-2006, 06:25 PM   #1
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To start some discussion, which regiment had the single best day in action during WW2? Several meanings can be put to this, but essentiallly achieved and surpassed the objective assigned?
And the corollary, single worst day. This doesn' t automatically mean the most casualties. It can be a combination of casualties, lost ground / failure to reach objective, etc.
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:27 PM   #2
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Sorry, I should have added some examples:
Best day, NNSH on D-Day?
Worst day, Black Watch at Verriere's Ridge?
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:39 PM   #3
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To start some discussion, which regiment had the single best day in action during WW2? Several meanings can be put to this, but essentiallly achieved and surpassed the objective assigned?
And the corollary, single worst day. This doesn' t automatically mean the most casualties. It can be a combination of casualties, lost ground / failure to reach objective, etc.
Some of the hardest days
  • Christmas day 1941 / Winnipeg Grenadiers at Hong Kong
  • August 19, 1942 / Any number of regiments at Dieppe
  • July 20(?), 1944 Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders & North Nova Scotias at Tilly-la-Campagne
Some of the greatest days
  • June 6th / Many regiments at and around Juno Beach
  • August 18 / South Alberta Regiment at St. Lambert Sur Dives
  • December 28 / Many regiments (including the Loyal Edmontons) from 1st Div at Ortona
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:38 PM   #4
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All outfits at Ortona, I would say.

Also, 1st Canadian Para Battalion's jump across the Rhine.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:51 PM   #5
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[quote]August 18 / South Alberta Regiment at St. Lambert Sur Dives[/quote:7b719a57f0]

Don't forget ASH Cans there too.
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They weren't really part of Canada at the time, but the 1st Newfoundland Regiment had a awful day (July 1, 1916) in the battle of the Somme. 800 men went over the top, 68 answered role call the next day. :cry:
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:27 PM   #7
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Hardest or worst day for the British Columbia Regiment was thier first day of battle when they came up against Kurt Myer during Operation Totalize Phase II August 9, 1944. The regiment was nearly wiped out and they lost something like 47 of thier 54 tanks. They lost thier CO and few escaped. They were to attack Point 195 but took a wrong turn in the dark and ended up on Point 143 near Quesnay Wood where Myer was waiting with Panthers, Tigers, 88s and I believe part of the LXXXIV Infanterie Division.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:51 PM   #8
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Kiwiwriter mentioned 1st Can Para's best day as part of Operation Varsity. They did secure their portion of the battlefield quickly and efficiently but their CO, Lt. Col. Jeff Nicklin, landed on top of a German MG nest and was killed. Lt. Col. Nicklin was an outstanding CFL player with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and had won the MVP in a football game (not soccer!) against the Americans just before the D-Day landings. Yes that's correct, the Canadians beat the Americans at their own game! I think he scored a touchdown on the last play of the game. His loss was felt by all members of the unit as well as football fans across Canada. His replacement, Maj. Fraser Eadie had played for the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) and filled in nicely but even he stated that the death of Jef Nicklin was the blackest day for the battalion.

That would have to have been over the loss of their first CO when on the first training jump by the battalion his parachute was struck by a plane full of photographers trying to get a closer shot, sending him to his death. Not a good omen!

In terms of numbers lost, their worst day had to be the D-Day landings and the fighting between June 6th and 12th, 1944.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:22 AM   #9
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One of the hardest days: The second battle of Ypres. During the battle of Gravenstafel the Germans sent one of the first gas attacks on the 1st Canadian division, then the Germans sent an attack on Canadian troops when the Canadian rifles were jaming although the Canadian hel them off for several days they had a big amount of Casualties.
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Default Hardest: The 5th Brigade at the charge of the Causeway.

The 3 regiments (Black Watch, Calgary Rifles & Maisonneuve) had to charge down a muddy Causeway during the Battle of the Scheldt.
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