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World War 2 Remembered - Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1945 Q1

February 2, 2020
Last Updated on: February 5, 2020


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

February 2, 2020
Last Updated on: February 5, 2020


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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Regimental Commanding Officers

October 16, 2019
Last Updated on: February 2, 2020


Lt. Col. Frank Alfred Osborne


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 which will look at those Commanding Officers, starting with those of the 101st Regiment.

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World War 2 Remembered - Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1944 Q4

February 2, 2020
Last Updated on: February 2, 2020


1944 – October to December


At the end of September, 1944, we left The Loyal Edmonton Regiment resting near the summer resort of Cattolica, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, where they remained until the October 9. On that day the 2nd Brigade started moving north to catch up with the rest of 1 Div. who were fighting their way into the Romagna. Ahead would be a series of difficult battles fighting across river and canal obstacles for which the Edmontons would earn four more battle honours.

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Regimental Commanding Officers

July 10, 2019
Last Updated on: October 16, 2019


Lt. Col. William Frederick Wallace Carstairs


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 which will look at those Commanding Officers, starting with those of the 101st Regiment.

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World War 2 Remembered - Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1944 Q3

July 10, 2019
Last Updated on: October 16, 2019


1944 – July to September


The 3rd quarter of 1944 saw The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, along with the rest of the 1st Division, move back to the Adriatic front on the east side of the boot. Here the Canadian Corps would take part in the breaking of the Gothic Line and the advance north to Rimini and the Edmontons would earn five more battle honours.

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Regimental Commanding Officers

May 1, 2019
Last Updated on: May 1, 2019


Lt. Col. Elihu Burritt Edwards


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 start a series which will look at those Commanding Officers, starting with Lt. Col. Edwards, first CO of the 101st Regiment.

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World War 2 Remembered - Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1944 Q2

May 1, 2019
Last Updated on: May 1, 2019


1944 – April to June


The 2nd quarter of 1944 saw The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, along with the rest of the 1st Division, leave the Adriatic front, with little regret, and move to the west side of Italy near Cassino. Here the Canadian Corps would take part in the breaking of the Gustav and Hitler Lines, opening the way to Rome.

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World War 2 Remembered - Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1944 Q1

January 31, 2019
Last Updated on: January 31, 2019


1944 – January to March


The 1st quarter of 1944 saw the Adriatic front settled into static warfare. The two sides faced each other, peering over their barbed-wire entanglements, minefields, trip wires, shattered farmhouses and villas, and shell-pocked fields, sodden with the winter rains. Activity on both sides consisted of mortar and artillery fire and patrols, patrols, patrols. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment faced three months of hardship and casualties not unlike the trench warfare of the First World War, but without the trenches.

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World War 2 Remembered - The Loyal Edmonton Regiment - 1943 Q4

November 4, 2018
Last Updated on: January 31, 2019


1943 – October to December


The 4th quarter of 1943 saw The Loyal Edmonton Regiment continuing to fight its way up the eastern coast of Italy against stiff German opposition. They took part in major battles such as Colle D’Anchise, The Gully and Ortona.

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