Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada
The Royal Highland Regiment of Montreal, known
as the Black Watch, is one of the most famous regiments in Canada
it was my regiment. We prepared to leave for France on June 6th
1944, but due to bad seas we were delayed one month. We then left
for Folkstone to board an American liberty ship at Tilbury where
we sailed to France. Landing at Berniere sur Mer (Juno Beach) the
morning of July 6th 1944. After unboarding our vehicles on the shore
we proceeded to a big field where we waterproofed our vehicles with
waterproof grease. The first thing that scared me was a big sign
that said "Canadian Cemetery 3Km"!
On board deck of July7th, while watching things
being unloaded, one of the cables snapped and missed Lieutenant-Colonel
Stuart Cantlie by inches. Colonel Cantlie lost his life when an
undetected enemy post opened fire on the battalion's command group
and MG 42 machine gunfire mortally wounded the Colonel near St.
Andre, Normandy. Command of the regiment suddenly fell to Philip
Griffin, a popular, 26-year-old major. I too was on deck when the
On July 25th 1944 the Black Watch engaged the
enemy at Verrières Ridge where we suffered many casualties.
The Black Watch suffered 307 casualties that day. That evening a
huge artillery barrage was in action to save as many of our men
in retreat. The Allies and Americans made a huge attack later on
with lots of big guns and so captured Falaise. After Falaise we
moved on to liberate Dunkirk but we only surrounded that town we
never liberated it. We moved on up the coast of France and the on
to Belgium, Holland and Germany.
The Black Watch Royal Highlanders Regimental Patch.