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    Post by gimpycanuck on Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:53 am

    Hi all, I am new at researching my Uncle's 2nd World war record, sadly he passed in 1972 plus I have very little to go on as my Uncle came from a strong Mennonite community, and from what I have learned his was not a popular choice. As a Mennonite myself I feel cut of the same cloth as my Uncle and remember him fondly. I am unclear but from snippets I have received from family he served with the Lord Strathcona Horse as a dispatch rider as well as tanker. He was slightly wounded by shrapnel while in service. I want to learn as much as I can, as my love and interest in WWII was born from the mystique of my Uncles service in the war. What direction and information should I need for this research, as little is available from my family.
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    Secondly, and certainly less important to me is the identification of a patch that I believe may have been 2nd World War vintage. It is a very unique patch, as I have never seen one before and all research has let me to a dead end. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    I could use any help I can get, especially with the research on my Uncle's war record

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    Post by pylon1357 on Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:58 am

    For your uncles service. Contact the LAC (Library and Archives Canada) I have provided a link that should guide you through the ordering process. If you have any questions regarding the process, post them and someone here will likely be along to help out.

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    Post by Bill on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:08 am

    Fort Churchill was the site of rocket testing post war. Both Canadian and US forces were involved, plus government and non-government agencies.
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    Post by Bill on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:10 am

    Can you read the shoulder title on your grandfather's uniform?

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    Post by Infanteer on Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:06 pm

    The holster appears to be leather as it is reflecting light. I wonder where this photo was taken and if it might possibly be a captured holster?

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    Post by edstorey on Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:08 pm

    The holster appears to be leather for a German P38. The photograph may have been taken in Europe at the end of the war.

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    Post by barriefield-brian on Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:18 pm

    That's a nice patch. I have never seen one like it. Cheers Brian

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    Post by edstorey on Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:41 pm

    Fort Churchill was the used for arctic and winter warfare training and testing, which is why it was used to test rockets.

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    Post by gimpycanuck on Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:12 pm

    I can not read the shoulder as the picture was not cared for before I got it, and yes I wondered about the holster, also the boots he is wearing just seemed different. I wish my family had been so close lipped about his service, and unfortunately most have died off.

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    Post by edstorey on Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:29 pm

    The Boots are Dispatch Rider (Motorcycle) Boots as are the DR Breaches that he is wearing.

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    Post by gimpycanuck on Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:17 pm

    Thanks for the info on the boots, I knew my Uncle had done dispatch riding, and duty on tanks. But that is all I can find or learn about. I never did figure how a prairie boy from Niverville, Manitoba ended up with the Lord Strathcona Horse which I believe was more on the West coast, but I could be mistaken.

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    Post by gimpycanuck on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:38 pm

    I think I figured out the holster. I believe it to be a GERMAN WW2 ARMY BROWNING HI-POWER GUN PISTOL BROWN LEATHER HOLSTER TYPE2, whether he had the original FN Browning Hi Power pistol made for the Germans, will be a mystery for me

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