Consisting of the Calgary Highlanders, the Black Watch, and the French-speaking RÃ¨giment de Maisonneuve, the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade landed in France in early July 1944 as part of British General Bernard Montgomery's 21st Army Group. That summer, the brigade participated in hellish battles in Normandy, including Caen and VerriÃ©res Ridge. The 5th went on to distinguish itself in Belgium, where it endured foul weather and fierce resistance near Antwerp in October 1944, and ended the war with bloody streetfighting in the towns of Holland.
Terry Copp is professor emeritus of history and director of the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Canadian military history, including Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945 (0-8020-3925-1) and Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy (0-8020-3780-1), which won the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award for 2004.