A Sherman Vc Firefly tank of the 8th Princess Louise's (Nouveau Brunswick) Hussars en route to the Zuider Zee passing through Putten, Netherlands, 18 April 1945.Credit: Capt. Jack H. Smith / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-131042 Restrictions on use: Nil Copyright: Expired
"I served in Holland, for the most part, upon the Zieder Zee. And our troop was chosen to go into the Hague the day before VE Day to take over the official surrender from the Germans."
My name is Ed Belliveau. I was born in Moncton, NB, in 1925. My family moved a bit in the Maritimes, and I lived, in addition to Moncton, in Halifax, Dartmouth, and in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia where I finished my schooling. I graduated from High School in 1942.
In late September of that year I was picked to attend No.1 Canadian Army course at the University of Toronto, which was a “ experiment” in education, where they tried to bring together two or three different aspects of electrical engineering.
When I finished my part of the course in the Spring of 1943 I was assigned to the Armoured Corps and went to Dundurn, Saskatchewan, a reconnaissance training centre. I trained and became a radio operator and eventually took all the various techniques of instruction course and became an instructor in the wireless wing at the training centre.
In those days you had to be 19 years of age to go overseas, so I had about two years to go, and I did a number of things. I was picked to attend the what we called the L Wing, Canadian Army, which was really a ski troop, formed of under-age people from Dundurn, and we went to Prince Albert for winter trials.
And in the summer of ‟44, late spring, I was picked to go on a Japanese language course -- Pacific Command Japanese Language School in Vancouver -- where at the end of two weeks I was called in and they said you‟re too young to go overseas, go back.
So I went back to Dundurn, and eventually in December ‟44 I went overseas.
In about late January or early February I was moved to Belgium where we were to remain to wait for the remainder of my regiment, the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, who were moving up from Italy with the lst Canadian Corps. I served in Holland, for the most part, upon the Zieder Zee. And our troop was chosen to go into the Hague the day before VE Day to take over the official surrender from the Germans.
Interview with Edward Belliveau - FCWM Oral History Project
Accession Number CWM 20020121-054
George Metcalf Archival Collection
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Entrevue avec Edward Belliveau - Projet d'histoire orale du AMCG
No d’accession MCG 20020121-054
Collection d’archives George Metcalf
© Musée canadien de la guerre