Cape Breton Highlanders 60th Anniversary Overseas  

This year is one of great significance to Canada’s veterans and throughout 2005, numerous ceremonies have been, and will be, conducted in Canada and abroad, marking the end of World War II in Europe. The Government of Canada has designated it The Year of the Veteran, and an increased, and well deserved, focus has been given to the events of 1939-1945, and to the individuals who helped secure peace in Europe.

At no place has Canada’s role been more appreciated, and thankfulness more genuine and real, than in The Netherlands. In conjunction with this year’s ceremonies, a tour was organized, through the untiring efforts of Alex Morrison, here in Canada, and our man in Delfzijl, Franz Lenslink, who, incidentally, became an honorary member of The Cape Breton Highlanders Association, during the visit.

 Franz’ many contributions to the tour and perpetuation of the CBH’s exploits will also be covered in the next issue. For the benefit of some of our newer members, the last action of the Cape Breton Highlanders (Apr-May 1945), was the liberation of the Dutch City of Delfzijl, on Holland’s northeast coast.

 

CBHThe story of the battle is well covered in Chapter 15, of the Regimental history: The Breed of Manly Men: The History of The Cape Breton Highlanders, suffice it to say that the unit faced a determined enemy and the topography and well constructed (over a 4year German occupation) defended positions posed unique challenges for the attacker.

Tour participants were: John MacKay, Paul Wile (both of whom fought at Delfzijl with the CBH), Alex Morrison, Elizabeth McMichael, Paul’s wife, Pat, Alex MacInnis, Marie MacAulay, Liam

Taylor (Cape Breton University student/member of 2NSHighrs(CB), Gerry and Louise MacNeil, Ted Stanley (who also fought at Delfzijl, with the anti-tank platoon) and his wife, Theresa. (Ted was a member of the Official Canadian Delegation, but he and Theresa managed to spend most of the early days with us), and Ian Macintyre.

The CBH successor unit, 2nd Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton), was also well represented: the CO, LCol George Troicuk; the RSM, CWO Andy Vallee; Pipers: Cpl Mike Campbell and Cpl James MacQueen, who provided their usual superb performances, much to the delight of the Delfzijl citizenry, and ourselves, as well. As another result of the tour, a plaque, commemorating the liberation of Delfzijl, by the CBH, was presented to the Lord Mayor of the city. The legendary gratitude, hospitality, and warmth of the Dutch citizens was very much in evidence and will also be covered in greater depth in our next issue.

This issue also includes another item with a Delfzijl connection. Reg Roy, a Platoon Commander at the liberation of Delfzijl, was recently honoured by the University of Victoria (see item below).

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~Ian Macintyre President, CBHA  


Cape Breton Highlanders (Apr-May 1945), was the liberation of the Dutch City of Delfzijl 
cbh Plaque presented to the Lord Mayor of Delfzij, Mrs. Maritje Apped-de Waart, on behalf of the Cape Breton Highlanders Association by Ted Stanley and Ian Macintyre on the 60th Anniversary of the city’s liberation by the VBH. The plaque reads “In commemoration of the Liberation of Delfzij May 19145—The Cape Breton Highlanders, 5th Canadian Armoured Division.” The plaque was presented on a Monday, by the next day it had been affixed to the wall in a prominent place at City Hall. Wreath laid at the Delfzijl War Memorial by John MacKay and LCol GW Troicuk. Silent walk through Delfzijl commemorating war dead; this is the entire CBH tour class. Ted and Theresa Stanley went as part of the official Canadian Delegation. John MacKay and Alex MacInnis with Russian officer. Corporals Mike Campbell and James MacQueen at the Delfzijl War Monument. Alex Morrison, Tour Coordinator, and Gerry MacNeil (CBHA Secty and Hon LCol of 2NSH (CB) 7 cbhJohn MacKay and Alex MacInnis with Russian officer.
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Wreath laid at the Delfzijl War Memorial by John MacKay and LCol GW Troicuk.
Cape Breton HignlandersAlex Morrison, Tour Coordinator, and Gerry CBHA Secty and Hon LCol of 2NSH (CB)
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Silent walk through Delfzijl commemorating war dead; this is the entire CBH tour class. Ted and Theresa Stanley went as part of the official Canadian Delegation.
 
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This photo made the front page of Holland’s largest daily newspaper, The Amsterdam Telegraph, with a caption that read something about old Canadian Veteran still had spunk to flirt with the Dutch Girls.