This page is in honor of your service! In Larry I honor all the Allied soldiers who risked and often gave there lives.
In 2009 I met Larry in the Visitor Center in Lake Havasu. Larry has been in Europe during World War 2. He fought in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
This movie is about the Liberation of Coevorden by the Manitoba Dragons. Coevorden is a city about 25 miles from my village Vroomshoop. The coincidence is: Vancouver is named afther the Count Van Coeverden, he founded Vancouver... I dont have a movie about my city... but it must have been like that!!
Larry in Lake Havasu
first Canadians in my village...
This article is automaticly translated by Google Translate. (the translation is not perfect but I am sure you understand!!)
I live in the village Vroomshoop... you have been there!!!!!!
The Manitoba Dragoons
The Regiment was mobilized on May 15, 1941. It was in connection with the raid on providing temporary December 7, 1941 by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, when in Canada the so-called emergency Westcoast-finished, the mainland of Canada transferred to Vancouver Island, located off the west coast of Canada, where the training continued. On May 18, 1942 turned the Regiment back to the mainland, traveled by train across Canada and was on the east coast of Canada refused yellow. From here took place on August 19, 1942 Halifax to the boarding of the "Letitia" place and was in danger convoy to Europe, where on August 31, 1942 speech at the Glasgow arrived. In England, the training continued and the Regiment was fully organized and equipped, including with the then very modern armored wheeled vehicles of the type T17E1 Stag Hound, a General Motors product. It was fully ready for the great job! The Regiment was visited by the English king, King George VI, but also by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, "the General of the Army (five-star General), and General (later Field Marshal) Bernard L. Montgomery, the commander of the 21 th British Army Group under which, inter alia, the Army Corps llnd Canadian and answerable to which it belonged Regiment. In the night from 7 to 8 Jul., 1944 were the Regiment Headquarters and the B-squadron at Portsmouth on the U.S. LCT (Landing Craft Tanks =) Journal. 168 boarded and the rest of the Regiment at Gosport on July 8, 1944 at the CAL Nos. 169, 170 and 171, and then on July 8, 1944, 72 people including Stag Hounds, on-Juno beach, in the Normandy port Courseulles-sur - Mer, landed and was waiting by an ambulance that Trooper Archibald C. Doane found at sea with his appendicitis led to a field hospital and surgery was.
Although the Reconnaissance Regiment Cavalry Regiment was a fully trained and equipped, was the first month an infantry task. The Allies conquered territory is not yet included that area that a long range reconnaissence "regiment, the Regiment was still in effect, could flourish. In Caen, the infantry task fulfilled, and the Exploration Cavalry Regiment as its part - even a boulder! - Contributed to the Battle of Falaise, where the enemy lost more troops than the Battle of Stalingrad. Only three days after the end of this battle reached Regiment as the first of the Allies the river Seine in Elbeuf, just east of Rouen. After the Seine to be put on the big Cavalry march took place, largely through Aumale, Abbeville, Hesdin and St Omer, which was reached on September 6, 1944. Here in St Omer was the A-squadron byzondere the contract to agree to push towards the historic city of Bruges in Belgium and by surprise and devastation without taking the rest of the Regiment was byzondere command in a time to push to the port city of Ostend and without the port facilities by the enemy would be devastated to be taken. So far, was all for the Allied armies have landed in ports through the Normandy invasion, that a long aanvoerweg had become. The missions were successful!
The Flemish coast was taken and reconnaissance operations of the Regiment were prosecuted in South Beveland and in western Sydney, in places such as Bergen op Zoom and Roosendaal, but also Moerdijk and Willem City. During the 1944-1945 winter Regiment guarded the front area along the major rivers. On February 8, 1945 perish Wamel fields by three men of the 19th trope of Lt. G. T. Wilson. On March 2, 1945 operations were performed in the German Reichswald, the Hochwald and Balbergwald, near the German town of Veen three Allied armies met each other, namely the 1st Canadian Army, which it was expected Regiment, the British 2nd Army and 9th USArmy. The Regiment was in the large Rhine Offensive an important task over the Rhine on March 31, 1945 - that was Saturday before Easter 1945 - and focused too bien, something the Dutch border. From there operations were carried out in the Achterhoek. On Thursday, April 5, 1945 was the Twente Canal at Delden exceeded and was along to Almelo, the D-squadron followed a day later. The A-squadron was the area east of the canal as Coevorden Almelo-operation area, the B-squadron the German territory east of there, the C-squadron the area south of the so-called "28 easting" (almost equal to the current Vroomshoop Lemelerveld-channel) and the D-squadron the area north of the area of operation of the C-squadron. The A-squadron ripped northward direction, discovered three intact bridges over the last channel reported to include Vroomshoop.
The D-squadron Friday, April 6, 1945 made use of the bridge to Vroomshoop, freed in the course of the morning Den Ham and explored the woods under Eerde, yielded many fold battle with the enemy under Besthmen declaring a Stag Hound lost and continued its operations Vechtbrug direction. At the height of the former Bakery on the Stationsweg angler to have a Ommen was Stag Hound, left from the front by an enemy Pantzerfaust affected, it was Lt. G. T. Wilson and his radio operator Tpr G. W. Soanes the lead car of the 19th trope fatal hit and the shooter Trp D. D. Montgomery injured, and the two other crew members Tpr John E. Harkins, the driver, and Tpr H. B. Loker, the bow shooter also the second driver, made prisoners of war, the enemy after them under heavy fire from light weapons fire had taken. The next day was observed by the Manitoba Vechtbrug Dra-goons. Sunday, April 8, as it were, they had already surrounded Ommen, there was the morning take a place by the 5th trope with the enemy between Busselton and the township Welsum. On Monday, April 9, 1945 tried the trope of the 1st squadron of A-Bar Bridge from achievement to Ommen, the Balkerweg found a gun battle with the enemy instead, as well as Tuesday, April 10, 1945, where the enemy showed his fanaticism, which 5 were enemies slain, 1 wounded and 20 were made prisoner of war.