Old 04-09-2016, 01:05 AM   #1
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My father was in the 65th Tank Transport Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in WWII according to his military records that I received from Ottawa. I believe he was stationed in Holland, but I have no idea where the unit was. I am traveling there and hope to visit places he may have been. Any ideas about how I could find out more information about the unit?
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:39 AM   #2
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My father was in the 65th Tank Transport Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in WWII according to his military records that I received from Ottawa. I believe he was stationed in Holland, but I have no idea where the unit was. I am traveling there and hope to visit places he may have been. Any ideas about how I could find out more information about the unit?
Here's a book that you may be able to find. I'd try your local library, and if they don't have it, maybe they can get it on an inter-library loan


Diary of 65 Canadian Tank Transporter Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. -- Editorial research and composition by Norman Lafrance. -- [Orillia, Ont.] : M.R. Allen for 65th Association, 1983. -- iv, 199 p.
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Old 04-09-2016, 02:10 AM   #3
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Thanks I will check it out.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:53 AM   #4
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John, the IWM site says that the original is held at the Canadian War Museum

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/it...ication/117668
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:04 AM   #5
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Here's a post by a veteran, and he give's a little more info on where the 65th was located:

http://www.richmondlegion.ca/PDF/Bios/GEDDES.pdf

Another suggestion is the Unit's War Dairies, these would be held at LAC in Ottawa. These would tell you the location of the unit for everyday of the war.
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:15 AM   #6
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Here's a small bit of info:

Improvisation overcame difficulties as they arose, for instance in carrying ammunition. The 65th Tank Transporter Company had 100 large, 40-ton Diamond-T tractor-trailers whose primary function was to move tanks in order to save wear on their treads. Someone got the idea to rig racks on their trailers to carry supplies, especially heavy, low centre of gravity loads like ammunition. The trailer could take twenty tons, and by off-loading the ballast, the prime mover could carry another ten tons. One company alone could carry 2700 tons of ammunition, the equivalent load of 10 transport companies.

Found in this link, which downloads automatically

http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-...beration_e.pdf




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