Gunner Arthur.J.Powell
(photo Sarah Roberts)

3 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment: 16 Battery 17 Battery 38 Battery- 20mm and 40mm Bofors.

11 October 1944: 17 Battery moved with Cameron Highlanders towards the village of Putte on the Dutch-Belgium border. D.Troop went into line with the Camerons. In addition to 12 bren guns they sited and dug in three self-propelled Bofors to be used as heavy machine guns in case an enemy counter attack.

Active patrolling was carried out over the whole area and such an aggressive and destructive fire program wac kept up day and night that the enemy was dettered from making an attack on that part of the front.

16 October 1944: When the 17th Battery Headquarters was situated just north of Putte, it was subjected to a series of shellings by enemy self-propelled guns. On the 16th October the Battery Commander. Major C.J. Willis was seriously wounded by shell fragements and died upon being attmitted to hospital in Antwerp.

22 October 1944: In order to have the Calgary Highlanders for the aatack on Beveland Peninsula they were relieved on 22th october by the 17th Battery with one troop of the 16th under command. Sergeants to act as leaders of patrols were supplied by Cameron Highlanders. The 38th Battery supplied harrasing fire.

29 October 1944: Meanwhile the 2nd Division swept up the Beveland Peninsula. A raid by enemy aircraft resulted in the Regiment reverting to its anti aircraft role and it deployed to protect the Divisional route as far as Goes (Zeeland). Later the 38th Battery provived harrassing and destructive for 5th Brigade attack on the causeway leading to Walcheren Island (Zeeland).

2 November 1944: Regiment moved to Belgium.

8 November 1944: Regiment moved to Nijmegen, upon arrival in the new area the Troops a showed great initiative in preparing winter quarters. Excellent dugouts were built, stoves were installed and within a few weeks everyone was comfortable settled in. Evidence of the desperate September struggle could be seen everywhere, wrecked american gliders, parachutes and packing cases were scattered all over the area. As great stores of 40mm ammo were left behind by the outgoing unit a recce was made for positions from which guns could be fired in a haarasing role or a destructive shoot. As winter approached the weather beame more and more disagreeable as it rained almost every day. On days when flying was possible enemy aircraft came over the area in an attempt to bomb the Nijmegen and Grave bridges as well as take photogrpahs and drop propaganda leaflets.

18 December 1944: D.Troop of the 17th Battery was sited in and around a wood on the high ground not far from Groesbeek. On the morning of the 18th December the peculiar sound of jet-propelled aircraft was heard approaching. Three Messerschmitt 262 appeared almost instananeously flying at zero feet. As the guns opened fire the aircraft began to take evasive action. One was hit and although it headed for its own lines it crashed in no man's land. This is believed to have been the first jet-propelled aircraft shot down by any Canadian Light Anti Aircraft Regiment.

25 December 1944: As a precaution against enemy paratroops on the Nijmegen front one Infantry Brigade was withdrawn from the line to act as a mobile reserve and the 16 Battery with "C"Troop of the 17 Battery under command, moved to protect vital all bridges near Ravenstein. This necessitated the re-siting of all ant-aircraft guns in the Nijmegen area. The harrasing program was doubled too. The 38 and 17 took part in all Divisional fire planes in support of Battalion attacks in an effort to straighten out their front lines and take enemy prisoners.

5 February 1945: The regiment received orders to concentrate the guns near Berg en dal, dig in and prepare to carry out a fire plan which was to be known as "Pepperpot". As all roads were almost impassable the ammunition had to be hauled to the guns from an Army Service Corps Dump by Bren gun carriers provided by the Toronto Scottish. This was completed by 23.00hrs on the night of the 7th, the barrage began at 05.00hrs on the following morning. Although the Regiments guns fired 800 rounds each their contribution was only a small part of one the greatest barrages of the war.

18 February 1945: Regiment moved to Germany.

1 April 1945: Regiment moved to Gendringen (Gelderland) during the period to 16 April, the regiment passed through Terborg, Doetichem,Vorden, over the Twente canal, through Laren, Holten, Hellendoorn, Ommen,Assen to Groningen, sometimes moving two or three times a day. The 17 was given a new role, that of Bridge security which they maintained until finally releived by a Battery from the 6th Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. The 38 Battery took over the task of protecting both the 5th and 6th Regiment. It was while doing so that "E' Troop captured two Germany officers and 315 men.

18 April 1945: last day of Regiment in Holland it moved to Germany.