Unit Histories - Second World War

Unit histories encompass those books written about a specific unit, generally a regiment of armour, artillery, or engineers, a battalion of infantry, etc. Books written about a specific corps (in the organizational sense rather than the operational sense, i.e. the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps rather than 2nd Canadian Corps) may also be considered "regimental" histories, though generally the term would apply to books about specific units within those corps. The militaries of some other nations have focused their writing on "formation-level" histories, i.e. writing histories about entire divisions.

Regimental histories have undergone a dramatic shift in focus, particularly Second World War histories. Those published immediately after the war (some were written while the unit being profiled was still in Europe) tend to be written by former officers of the unit; they tended to be written more as an aid to memory, intended for those who had actually participated in the war with that unit. Controversial aspects of the unit's performance or certain individuals tended not to be mentioned out of respect for comrades still alive. Technical terms, matters of tactics, and other military knowledge essential to understanding the history were usually deemed as self-evident by the authors. Unfortunately, decades after the fact, even elementary military terms in common use in the 1940s have fallen into disuse making the understanding of older histories a challenge to get through for casual readers and even full fledged historians. As the years progressed and true historians gained an interest in the war and the performance of individual units, the trend has been to write more fully rounded works. The increased capability to reproduce photographs has helped in this regard, and books like Century of Service: The History of the South Alberta Light Horse are setting the standard for regimental histories, which not only recite dates and names, but delve into deeper issues, sometimes controversial, as well as take the time to provide a working knowledge of tactics, military practices, customs, and social aspects of soldiering.

Formation Histories

1st Canadian Division

The Old Red Patch: The 1st Canadian Division 1915-1988 Minister of Supply and Services Canada, 1988

5th Canadian Brigade

Copp, Terry The Brigade: the Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1939-45 Fortress Publications, Stoney Creek, ON, 1992.

4th Canadian Armoured Brigade

Europe, July 1944-May 1945: A Brief History of the 4th Canadian Armoured Brigade in Action July 1944-May 1945 West Brothers, Mitcham, England 1945. (47pp.)

Corps Histories

Royal Canadian Artillery

Falconer, D. W. Battery Flashes of W.W. II: A Thumb-nail Sketch of Canadian Artillery Batteries during the 1939-1945 Conflict 1985.

Nicholson, Gerald W. L. The Gunners of Canada: the History of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON: c1967-1972 (Two Volumes)

1st Canadian Division
1st Field Regiment

Mitchell, George Duncan RCHA-Right of the Line: An Anecdotal History of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from 1871 RCHA History Committee, Ottawa, ON, 1986. (303 pp.)

2nd Field Regiment

  • Duquemin, Colin Keates "Stick to the Guns!": A Short History of the 10th Field Battery, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, St. Catharines, Ontario Norman Enterprises, St. Catharines, ON, 1996.

  • The History of the Second Field Regiment, R.C.A., Sep 1939-Jun 1945.[Ontario? 19--]

3rd Field Regiment

Davis, Eldon S. An Awesome Silence: A Gunner Padre's Journey Through the Valley of the Shadow Creative Bound Inc., Carp, ON (142pp.)

2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment

Calder, Robert. A Richer Dust: Family, Memory, and the Second World War (Viking Canada, Toronto, ON, 2004) ISBN: 0670043133

2nd Canadian Division
4th Field Regiment

  • Blackburn, George G Where the Hell Are the Guns? McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1997.

  • Blackburn, George G The Guns of Normandy McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1995.

  • Blackburn, George G The Guns of Victory McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1996.

  • Jackson, H.M. The Royal Regiment of Artillery, Ottawa, 1855-1952 Ottawa, 1952

6th Field Regiment

The Six Years of 6 Canadian Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery September 1939 - September 1945 Bilthoven, Holland, 1945

3rd Canadian Division
12th Field Regiment

Bell, Captain. T. J., MC Into Action With the 12th Field 1940-1945

13th Field Regiment

  • Barrett, Lieutenant W.W. The History of 13 Canadian Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery 1940-1945

  • Graves, Donald E. Century of Service: The History of the South Alberta Light Horse SALH Foundation, 2005

14th Field Regiment

Ruffee, Lieutenant G.E.M. and Lance Bombardier J.B. Dickie. The History of 14 Field Regiment 1940-1945

Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers

Kerry, A.J and W.A. McDill The History of the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers Military Engineers Association of Canada, 1962-1966.

Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

  • Moir, John S. Editor edited by John S. Moir History of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, 1903-1961 Ottawa, ON 1962

  • Pratt, Francis William. Outline History of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Ottawa, 1953

Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

Warren, Arnold Wait for the Wagon: the Story of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, Ontario, 1961. (413pp.)

Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • Feasby, W.R. (Editor) Official History of the Canadian Medical Services 1939-1945 Queen's Printer, Ottawa, ON, 1956

  • Nicholson, Gerald W. L. Seventy Tears of Service: a History of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps Ottawa : Borealis Press, 1977. (388pp.)

Canadian Dental Corps

Jackson, Harold McGill. The Story of the Royal Canadian Dental Corps Montreal, Industrial Shops for the Deaf, 1956 (475pp.)

Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps

Rannie, William F., Editor. To the Thunderer His Arms: the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps Lincoln, ON 1984 (360pp.)

Royal Canadian Army Pay Corps

Londerville, John James Donald. The Pay Services of the Canadian Army Overseas in the War of 1939-1945. Ottawa, Runge Press, 1950. (315pp.)

Canadian Chaplain Services

Steven, Walter T. In this Sign Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1948. 182 pp.

1st Armoured Brigade

Smith, Waldo Edward. What Time The Tempest, an Army Chaplain's Story Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1953 (305pp.)

Canadian Provost Corps

Ritchie, Andrew R. Watchdog: A History of the Canadian Provost Corps University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON, 1995. (344 pp.)

1st Canadian Division

L.H. Nicholson, OC, MBE, St J, LLD. Battle-dress Patrol, No 1 Provost Company (RCMP) 1939-1945 Access to History Publications, Ottawa. Includes Nominal Roll, Awards list and Roll of Honour.

Canadian Women's Army Corps

  • Conrad, William Hugh Athene: The Canadian Women's Army Corps: Their Story Dartmouth, NS: Wm. McNab and Son Ltd., 1983 ISBN 0969149204

  • Gossage, Carolyn Greatcoats and Glamour Boots: Canadian Women at War, 1939-1945 Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, 2001

  • Hawker, Harriett It Was Her War Too Edmonton, AB: H & P Hawker, 1996

Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Johnston, Murray The Story of the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and of the Land Ordnance Engineering Branch 1984

Canadian Intelligence Corps

The Canadian Intelligence Corps Ottawa, ON: Queen's Printer, 1952

Canadian Armoured Corps

Marteinson, J.K. The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps: An Illustrated History Toronto, ON: Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association, 2000

First Canadian Army
The Elgin Regiment

Curchin, Leonard A. The Elgins: The Story of the Elgin Regiment (RCAC) and its Predecessors St. Thomas, ON: Sutherland Press, 1977.

I Canadian Corps
Royal Canadian Dragoons

  • Greenhous, Brereton. Dragoon: The Centennial History of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, 1883-1983 Belleville, ON: Guild of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, 1983.

  • Worthington, L. Spur and Sprocket

II Canadian Corps
12th Manitoba Dragoons

  • Henry, Charles E. Regimental History of the 18th Armoured Car Regiment Deventer: Nederlandsche Diepdruk Inrichting, 1945

  • Tascona, Bruce. XII Manitoba Dragoons: A Tribute 1991

1st Armoured Brigade
The Ontario Regiment

  • Schragg, Alexander Andrew. History of the Ontario Regiment 1866-1951 Oshawa, ON: Ontario Regiment Association, 1952.

  • Robert McLaughlin Gallery. The Ontario Regiment RCAC: 125 Years Oshawa, ON: The Gallery, 1990.

The Three Rivers Regiment

Jones, Gwilym To the Green Fields Beyond: A Soldier's Story Burnstown, ON: General Store Publishing House, 1993

The Calgary Regiment

  • Maltby, R.G. (Editor) The Calgary Regiment Hilversum, Holland: De Jong and Co. 1945

  • Henry, Hugh Dieppe: Through the Lens of the German War Photographer

  • Henry, Hugh George Henry Jr. The Tanks of Dieppe: The History of the Calgary Regiment (Tank), 1939 to August 19, 1942 (MA Dissertation) University of Victoria, 1985

2nd Armoured Brigade
1st Hussars

  • Conron, Brandon. A History of the First Hussars Regiment, 1856-1980 London, ON: 1981

  • McNorgan, Michael R. The Gallant Hussars: A History of the 1st Hussars Regiment 1856-2004 (The 1st Hussars Cavalry Fund, Aylmer, ON, 2004) ISBN 0-9694659-1-2

  • Stark, Foster M. A History of the First Hussars Regiment 1856-1945 London, ON: 1951

Fort Garry Horse

  • Marteinson, J.K. and G.T. Service The Gate: A History of the Fort Garry Horse 1971

  • Wilson, Eric Mackay (Editor) Vanguard: The Fort Garry Horse in the Second World War Doetinchem, Netherlands: Uitgevers-Maatschappij 1945

The Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment

1st Canadian Division
4th Reconnaissance Regiment (Princess Louise Dragoon Guards)

Jackson, Harold McGill 'The Princess Louise Dragoon Guards: A History' 1951

2nd Canadian Division
VIII Reconnaissance Regiment (14th Canadian Hussars)

Williams, C.D. (Editor) Sabertache: The Memorial Journal of the VIII Recce Association

3rd Canadian Division
7th Reconnaissance Regiment(17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars)

  • Pavey, Captain Walter G. An Historical Account of the 7th Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment (17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars) in The World War 1939-1945

  • Stephen, Lorne Edwin Bash On Recce! Memoirs of a Canadian Armoured Reconnaissance Regimental Officer, 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, 7th Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment, Montreal Best Read Books, Ottawa, ON, 1997 (237 pp.)

4th Canadian (Armoured) Division
29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment (The South Alberta Regiment)

  • Galipeau, John A. and Pattie Whitehouse Peewees on Parade Toronto : Robin Brass, 2002 ISBN 1896941303

  • Graves, Donald E. South Albertas: A Canadian Regiment at War Toronto : Robin Brass

  • Graves, Donald E. Century of Service: The History of the South Alberta Light Horse SALH Foundation, 2005

21st Canadian Armoured Regiment (The Governor General's Foot Guards)

The Regimental History of the Governor General's Foot Guards [prepared by a committee of the Guards] : Mortimer, Ottawa, ON, 1948. (268 pp.)

22nd Canadian Armoured Regiment (The Canadian Grenadier Guards)

Duguid, Archer Fortescue History of the Canadian Grenadier Guards, 1760-1964 Gazette, Montreal, PQ, 1965. (520 pp.)

28th Canadian Armoured Regiment (The British Columbia Regiment)

Harker, Douglas E The Dukes : The Story of the Men Who Served in Peace and War With The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) 1883-1973 British Columbia Regiment, Vancouver, BC, 1974. (438 pp.)

5th Canadian (Armoured) Division
The Governor General's Horse Guards

The Governor General's Horse Guards 1939-45 Published by the Regiment, 1953.

Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)

  • Cunniffe, Richard. The Story of a Regiment: Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Calgary, AB: Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Regimental Society, 1995

  • McAvity, James Malcolm. Lord Srathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians): A Record of Achievement

8th Princess Louise Hussars

How, Douglas. The 8th Hussars 1964

British Columbia Dragoons

Roy, Reginald Sinews of Steel: The History of the British Columbia Dragoons Kelowna, BC: British Columbia Dragoons, 1965.

Canadian Infantry Corps

First Canadian Army
The Royal Montreal Regiment

Fetherstonhaugh, R. C. The Royal Montreal Regiment, 1925-1945 Westmount, PQ: Royal Montreal Regiment, 1949

1st Canadian Division
The Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.)

  • Mitchell, Howard My War With The Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.), 1939-1945 Rosetown Publishing Company, Fiske, SK, 1980? (129 pp.)

  • Walker, Drayton Ernest A Resume of The Story of 1st Battalion, the Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) General Printing & Bookbinding, Saskatoon, SK, 1947.

  • 1st Battalion, the Saskatoon Light Infantry MG, Canadian Army Overseas: Honour roll, 10th July, 1943 to 8th May, 1945, Sicily, Italy, Holland Gale & Polden, Aldershot, UK, 1945.

The Royal Canadian Regiment

  • Brodsky, Stephen God's Dodger Sidney, BC: Elysium Publishing Co., 1993 (248pp)

  • Galloway, Strome Bravely Into Battle: The Autobiography of A Canadian Soldier in World War Two Stoddart, Toronto, ON, 1988.

  • Galloway, Strome "55 Axis": With The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1939-1945 Provincial Publishing Co, Montreal, PQ, c1946. (232 pp.)

  • Galloway, Strome The General Who Never Was Mika, Belleville, ON, 1981

  • Stacey, Charles Perry 100 years: the Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883-1983 Collier-Macmillan, Don Mills, ON, 1983. (184 pp.)

The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment

  • Bradford, R.D. Decorations and Awards Received During World War II 1939-1945 by the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Belleville, ON: The Regimental Senate, 1986 (115pp)

  • Capon, Alan R. Mascots of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Picton, ON: The Picton Gazette Publishing Co., 1977 (31pp)

  • Graham, Howard. Citizen and Soldier: The Memoirs of Lieutenant-General Howard Graham Toronto, ON: McClelland and Stewart, 1987 (304pp)

  • Mowat, Farley And No Birds Sang

  • Mowat, Farley My Father's Son: Memories of War and Peace Key Porter Books Limited, 1992.

  • Mowat, Farley The Regiment McLelland and Stewart Inc., Toronto, ON, 1955.

  • Smith, Kenneth B. Duffy's Regiment: A History of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Dundurn Press, Toronto, ON, 1987 (222 pp.)

The 48th Highlanders of Canada

Beattie, Kim, Dileas: History of the 48th Highlanders of Canada, 1929-1956 48th Highlanders of Canada, Toronto, ON, 1957. (847 pp.)

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

  • Bercuson, David. The Patricias: The Proud History of a Fighting Regiment Stoddart, 2001. (320pp) ISBN 0773732985

  • Clegg, Howard A Canuck in England: Journal of a Canadian Soldier Harrap, London, UK, 1942. (160pp.)

  • Frost, Charles Sydney Once a Patricia: Memoirs of a Junior Infantry Officer in World War II Vanwell Publishing, St. Catharines, ON, 1988.

  • Stevens, George Roy Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry: 1919-1957 (411 pp.)

  • Williams, Jeffery Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Leo Cooper; in association with Secker & Warburg, London, 1985. (124 pp.)

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada

  • Johnson, Charles Monroe Action With The Seaforths New York, Vantage Press, 1954 (342 pp.)

  • McDougall, Robert L. A Narrative of War: From the Beaches of Sicily to the Hitler Line with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, 1943-1944 Golden Dog Press, Ottawa, ON, 1996 (204 pp.)

  • Roy, Reginald The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, 1919-1965 Evergreen Press, Vancouver, BC, 1969 (560 pp.)

The Edmonton Regiment/The Loyal Edmonton Regiment

  • Brown, Shaun RG The Loyal Edmonton Regiment at War, 1943-1945 (Master's Thesis) Wilfrid Laurier University, 1984.

  • Stevens, George Roy A City Goes to War: History of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (3PPCLI) Charters Publishing Company, Brampton, ON, 1965.

Royal 22e Regiment

Bernier, Serge The Royal 22e Regiment Art Global, Montréal, PQ, 1999.

The Carleton and York Regiment

Tooley, Robert William Invicta: the Carleton and York Regiment in the Second World War New Ireland Press, Fredericton, NB,1989 (471 pp.)

The West Nova Scotia Regiment1

  • Cameron, Susan M March to Etna: Memories of the West Nova Scotia Regiment in Sicily Convoy Press, Halifax, NS, 1997.

  • Raddall, Thomas. West Novas Liverpool, UK: 1947

  • Thexton, R. G. “Bill” Times to Remember: Some recollections of four and a half years service with the West Nova Scotia Regiment during 1940-1944 Gaspereau Press, Kentville, NS, 2016

  • O’Brien, John Bentley with (O’Brien) Edwards, Devonna Through the Gates of Hell and Back: the private war of a footslogger from “the Avenue” New World Publishing, Halifax, NS, 2010

  • Wilmot, Laurence F. Through the Hitler Line: Memoirs of an Infantry Chaplain Wilfred Laurier Press, Waterloo, ON, 2009

2nd Canadian Division
The Toronto Scottish Regiment

Grant, D.W. Carry On: the History of the Toronto Scottish Regiment (M.G.): 1939-1945 Vancouver, B.C., 1949.

The Royal Regiment of Canada

Goodspeed, Donald James Battle Royal: a History of the The Royal Regiment of Canada, 1862-1962 Royal Regiment of Canada Association, Toronto, c1962.

The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry

Greenhous, Brereton (Editor) Semper Paratus: the History of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment), 1862-1977 Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Historical Association, Hamilton, ON, 1977.

The Essex Scottish Regiment

  • Meanwell, R.W. 1 Bn. The Essex Scottish Regiment (Allied with the Essex Regiment) 1939-1945: A Brief Narrative. The Wellington Press, Welland, ON, 1946

  • Antal, Sandy and Kevin R. Shackleton Duty Nobly Done: The Official History of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment (Walkerville Publishing, Walkerville, ON, 2006) ISBN:0973183489

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

  • Copp, Terry The Brigade: the Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1939-45 Fortress Publications, Stoney Creek, ON, 1992.

  • Hutchison, Paul P. Canada's Black Watch: The First 100 Years (1862-1962) The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada, Don Mills, ON, 1962.

Le Regiment de Maisonneuve

  • Copp, Terry The Brigade: the Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1939-45 Fortress Publications, Stoney Creek, ON, 1992

  • Govin, Jacques (Editor) Bon Coeur et Bon Bras: Regimental History of the Regiment de Maisonnueuve 1880-1980 Regiment de Maisonneuve, Montreal, PQ, 1980

  • Marchand, Gerard. Le Regiment de Maisonneuves Vers la Victoire

The Calgary Highlanders

  • Copp, Terry The Brigade: the Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade, 1939-45 Fortress Publications, Stoney Creek, ON, 1992.

  • Farran, Roy Alexander The History of the Calgary Highlanders, 1921-54 Bryant Press, Calgary, AB, 1955.

  • Bercuson, David Jay Battalion of Heroes: the Calgary Highlanders in World War II Calgary Highlanders Regimental Funds Foundation,Calgary, AB, 1994.

  • Holm, Frank P. A Backwards Glance: The Personal Story of an Infantry Signaller With The Calgary Highlanders in World War II Frank P. Holm, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, 1989.

  • Williams, Jeffrey. Far From Home: A Memoir of a 20th Century Soldier University of Calgary Press, Calgary, AB, 2003. 374pp, illus. ISBN 1552381196

Les Fusiliers Mont Royal

The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada

  • Tyler, G.C.A. The Lion Rampant: A Pictorial History of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada 1910-1985. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Winnipeg, MB, 1985.

  • Queen-Hughes, R.W. Whatever Men Dare: History of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, 1935-1960 The Regiment, Winnpeg, MB, 1960.

The South Saskatchewan Regiment

Buchanan, G.B. The March of the Prairie Men Midwest Litho Ltd., Saskatoon, SK, 1957

3rd Canadian Division
The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.)

Ross,Lt. Col. Richard M., OBE The History of the 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.)

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Tascona, Bruce and Eric Wells. Little Black Devils: A History of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles

The Regina Rifle Regiment

  • 1st Battalion, The Regina Rifle Regiment, 1939-1946 Luxton, Eric, published by the Regiment.

  • Brown, Gordon, DSO, MID, NBL and Copp, Terry Look to Your Front: Regina Rifles: A Regiment at War 1944-45 (Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, 2001)

  • Mein, Stewart A.G. Up the Johns! The Story of The Royal Regina Rifles (Turner-Warwick Publications Inc., North Battleford, SK, 1992) ISBN 0-919899-27-7

1st Battalion, The Canadian Scottish Regiment

Roy, Reginald H. Ready for the Fray (Deas gu Cath): The History of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) (Bunker to Bunker Publishing, Calgary, AB, 2002) ISBN 1-894255-11-9

The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

  • Barnard, Lt. Col W.T. Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada 1860-1960

  • Martin, Charles Cromwell, DCM, MM Battle Diary

  • Whitsead, Roy Canadians: A Battalion At War

Le Régiment de la Chaudière

Ross, Major Armand, DSO Le Geste du Régiment de la Chaudière (Veen & Scheffers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1946)

The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment

Bird, Will R. North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment

The Highland Light Infantry of Canada

  • Bartlett, Jack Fortune. 1st Battalion The Highland Light Infantry of Canada 1940-1945

  • Snowie, Allan J. Bloody Buron: The Battle of Buron, Normandy - 8 July 1944 Erin, ON: Boston Mills Press, 1984

The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders

Boss, William and W.J. Patterson. Up the Glens: the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, 1783-1994 Old Book Store, Cornwall, Ont , 1995.

The North Nova Scotia Highlanders

Bird, Will R. No Retreating Footsteps: The Story of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders

4th Canadian (Armoured) Division
The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor)

Stanley, George F. G. In the Face of Danger: The History of The Lake Superior Regiment: Lake Superior Scottish Regiment Port Arthur, ON. c1960.

10th Independent Machine Gun Company (The New Brunswick Rangers)

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment

  • Rogers, R. L. The History of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Ottawa, ON, 1954 (465 pp.)

  • Hayes, Geoffrey William The Lincs: A History of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment At War Maple Leaf Route, Alma, ON, 1986. (139 pp.)

  • Hayes, Geoffrey William The Friction of War: A Study of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, 1940-1945 (Master's Thesis) : National Library of Canada, Ottawa, ON. c1985.

  • Luijten, Jan A. F. M. Canada and Noord-Brabant: An Eternal Bond (Soesterberg, 2002)

The Algonquin Regiment

Cassidy, G. L. Warpath: From Tilly-la-Campagne to the Küsten Canal PaperJacks, Markham, ON,1948.(380pp.)

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's)

Fraser, Robert L. Black yesterdays: The Argylls' War Argyll Regimental Foundation, Hamilton, ON, 1996.(608 pp.)

5th Canadian (Armoured) Division
11th & 12th Independent Machine Gun Companies (The Princess Louise Fusiliers)

The Westminster Regiment (Motor)

Oldfield, J.E. The Westminsters' War Diary: An Unofficial History of the Westminster Regiment (Motor) in World War II Vancouver BC: Mitchell Press, 1964

The Perth Regiment

  • Johnston, Stafford The Fighting Perths: The Story of the First Century in the Life of a Canadian County Regiment Stratford, Ont. : Perth Regiment Veterans Association, 1964.

  • Scislowski, Stanley. Not All Of Us Were Brave Toronto, Dundurn Press, 1997.

The Cape Breton Highlanders

  • Cederberg, Fred The Long Road Home Toronto, ON: 1984

  • Morrison, Alex The Breed of Manly Men: The History of the Cape Breton Highlanders Toronto, ON: Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, 1994.

The Irish Regiment of Canada

Rowland, Barry D. The Padre Scarborough, ON: Consolidated Amethyst Communications Inc., 1982 ISBN 092047425X

The Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment

Cederberg, Fred The Long Road Home Toronto, ON: 1984

IV Princess Louise Dragoon Guards

Jackson, Harold McGill The Princess Louise Dragoon Guards: A History 1951

Parachute Units

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

  • Hartigan, Daniel Ronald A Rising of Courage: Canada's Paratroops in the Liberation of Normandy Calgary, AB: Drop Zone Publishers, 2000

  • Horn, Bernd and Michel Wyczynski Paras Versus the Reich: Canada's Paratroopers at War, 1942-45 (Dundurn Press, Toronto, ON, 2003) ISBN 1-55002-470-1

  • Nolan, Brian Airborne: The Heroic Story of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in the Second World War Toronto, ON: Lester Publishing, 1995.

  • Rice, Gary Harold Paratrooper: The Story of 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion's First Regimental Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Class I Wendell James (Knobby) Clark Carleton Place, ON: Gehr Pub., 1999

  • Willes, John A. Out of the Clouds: The History of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Port Perry, ON: Port Perry Printing, 1982

2nd Canadian Parachute Battalion (First Special Service Force)

  • Adleman, Robert H. The Devil's Brigade Toronto, ON: Bantam Books of Canada, 1967

  • Burhans, Robert D. The First Special Service Force: A War History of the North Americans 1942-1944 Nashville, TN: Battery Press, 1981

  • Coottingham, Peter Layton Once Upon A Wartime Neepawa, MB: P.L. Cottingham, 1996

  • Joyce, Kenneth H. Snow Plough and the Jupiter Deception - The Story of the 1st Special Service Force and the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion - 1942-1945, (Vanwell Publishing, St. Catharines, ON 2006).

  • Nadler, John A Perfect Hell: The true story of the FSSF, Forgotten Commandos of the Second World War (PA: Double Day Canada, 2005)

  • Peppard, Herb The Lighthearted Soldier: A Canadian's Exploits with the Black Devils in WW II Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing Ltd., 1994

  • Ross, Robert Todd The Supercommandos: First Special Service Force, 1942-1944 An Illustrated History Atglen, PA: Schiffer, Publishing Ltd., 2000

  • Springer, Joseph The Black Devil Brigade: The True Story of the First Special Service Force, (Pacifica Military History, 2001)

  • Wood, James A. We Move Only Forward: Canada, the United States, and the First Special Service Force, 1942-1944 (St. Catharines, ON: Vanwell Publishing, 2006).


  1. Thank you to Colonel (ret.) J. Ron Stonier, CD, President of the WSNR Regimental Association for his correspondence in January 2018 to update this listing

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