World War 2 Remembered - Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1945 Q1

1944 – October to December

At the end of December, 1944, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment was resting near the town of Russi, near the Senio River in northern Italy. They were not that far from the battle and were on notice to move should a German counter-attack and attempted breakthrough occur. January would see the start of the final two months of fighting in Italy for the regiment. By the end of March, they, along with the rest of the Canadians in Italy, will have joined the First Canadian Army in North-West Europe.

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Regimental Commanding Officers

Lt. Col. Robert Henry Palmer

Today’s Loyal Edmonton Regiment traces its lineage back to the formation of the 101st Regiment in 1908. Over time there have been many changes in name, organization and taskings. One interesting thread in all this change is who commanded the regiment. With this article we continue a series looking at those Commanding Officers. Lt. Col. Palmer, who took over the 49th Battalion from Lt. Col. Griesbach in 1917, was appointed CO of the 1st Battalion of the newly formed Edmonton Regiment in 1920.

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