The 46th Canadian South Saskatchewan Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 46th Battalion was authorized on November 7th, 1914 and embarked for Britain on October 23rd, 1915. On August 11th, 1916 the men of the 46th disembarked for France.
The 46th fought as part of the 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war.
With men 1,433 killed and 3,484 wounded --- a casualty rate of 91.5 percent --- in 27 months; the unit came to be known as "The Suicide Battalion".
This book is about the 46th Canadian South Saskatchewan battalion and what happened to them in France during World War I.
To enlist was, of course, an immediate solution to this problem. As a way out, it was especially attractive late at night as I laboured over the dull material of my texts. Interestingly, it was on the first day of February 1941, that my future artillery regiment, the 17th Field, was officially formed in Petawawa. Three and one-half years were to go by, however, before I wore the shoulder flashes of this regiment. Mine was to be a slow march up to the guns."
This memoir, based on diaries and letters, traces the author's life from his early years during the first part of this century in southwestern Ontario's countryside until the end of WWII, an experience which, in his own words, left his memory "so scarred, so vulnerable, so rich."
Canadians formed the only all-volunteer overseas army of any of the major invading forces. They quickly commanded respect among senior Allied planners and on D-Day they were assigned Juno Beach. From the beach at Bernieres-sur-Mer to Falaise, and up the coast to the channel ports to the Scheldt, Nijmegen, the Rhineland, and ultimately near war's end into heavily defended Holland where the Dutch population faced starvation, these volunteers pushed forward relentlessly, usually in small sections, a point man in front, covering each other. This is the story from the regiment members themselves