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Engelen Research: Tracking the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit

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  • Sagging_Susie_bridge_web-1.jpg
    "Field Stores have one TD 18 and one D4 (Tractor/Bulldozer types) working near SAGGING SUE MR E288443 (Military Region coordinates). The job is the repair of the canal banks where FBE BR (Folding/Floating Bridge Equipment) used to be. This FBE was replaced by SAGGING SUE, a Cl (Class) 9 Bailey. The banks were cut very deeply for this FBE Br. Our Mech Eqpt (Mechanical Equipment) is repairing bank." Spource: War Diary of the Royal Canadian Engineers (6 Field Park Squadron, 15 November 1944).
  • Sgt_RHC_Mike_Angelo_HGA45788_web.jpg
    Cameraman Mike Angelo in action, 1 February 1945. He visited Engelen to film soldiers of The Lake Superior Regiment bringing supplies to the Fort Crèvecoeur. (Army Numerical Album no. 086, LIBRARY & ARCHIVES CANADA)
  • Still_CAFU_Newsreel52_Lake_Superior_Regt.jpg
    Soldiers of The Lake Superior Regiment transporting supplies to the Fort Crèvecoeur, 11 December 1944. Still from Sgt. Angelo's film. (Canadian Newsreel no. 52)
  • War_Artist_Bruno_Bobak_web.jpg
    4 February 1944 war artist Bruno Bobak painted the demolished church in Nieuwkuijk near Engelen. The picture however was taken in Calcar Germany, 3 March 1944, as became apparent from one of the albums scanned by Dale. Photographer (lt. B.J. Gloster) and artist staged a play.
  • Aerial_Engelen_1975_web.jpg
    Aerial picture, taken in 1975, showing the part of Engelen, where an Observation Post of the allies was located. From the attic of the high building next to the church they kept an eye on the Jerrie activity. Canadian veteran Len van Roon (born 1921) from Charleswood Winnipeg shared this and more experiences of the time spent in Engelen with the local historical society Angrisa.
  • Calamity-Jane-in-Engelen-groepsfoto.jpg
    Two pictures taken near the Observation Post of the 19th Field Regiment in Engelen. On account of the continuous threat of gun fire by the Germans the men went there by tank (this one was baptized Calamity Jane). Sitting on top of the tank is Len van Roon.
  • Len_van_Roon_001.jpg
    Two pictures taken near the Observation Post of the 19th Field Regiment in Engelen. On account of the continuous threat of gun fire by the Germans the men went there by tank (this one was baptized Calamity Jane). Sitting on top of the tank is Len van Roon.
  • Aerial_photo_Engelen_2010_web.jpg
    Aerial picture of Engelen, 2010. Above the river Maas meanders, bottom left side on the bank of the canal is Engelen, many times the size it was in 1945.

Dear reader, My name is Wilton Desmense and I live in The Netherlands. In this article I would like to show how researchers, even from abroad, can benefit from the work of the Canadian Film and Photo Unit. I never had a special interest in World War Two. However it was aroused by the discovery of a document with mysterious abbreviations in the archives of Angrisa, the name of a local historical society in Engelen, a township near ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the south part of the Netherlands. One thing led to another, and so my simple research into the meaning of the document has grown into an extensive study of the…

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