Following Churchill's speech on the 8th May proclaiming the 9th May as
VE day a 21 salvo salute was fired from 4 guns
from 76 battery.
VE day was very dry despite a double issue of rum and the celebration
consisted mainly of firing some very light and 2″ mortar flares.
The long awaited day fell rather flat, most of the men still finding it hard to
Enthusiasm was considerably dampened in 37 battery by the
non-fraternization policy in GERMANY but this was
compensated for by the excellent meals provided by the local stocks
of beef and chicken.
EXERCISE FINALE - 23 May 1945.
On the 10th May 37 and 60 batteries rejoined the rest of the Regiment
in WINSCHOTEN being billetted in a high school.
It was no WERVIK but the unit was soon comfortable and the Town Major, Major
R.A. Spendlove was very co-operative.
All efforts were now turned to a proper job of spit and polish on guns, vehicles
and personnel in preparation for Exercise FINALE which was to
be an inspection by the Army Commander.
No efforts were spared to make this the inspection in the history of the
The unit moved to the airport at EELDE the day before the inspection where the whole
5 Canadian Armoured Division was lined up in a hollow square.
1 Canadian Army, General H.D.G. Crerar took the salute and then climbed
in a jeep and with an imposing array of visiting “red tabs” inspected
On the completion of the inspection he again mounted the saluting platform
and complimented the Division on its exploits and turn-out.
He was then given “three armoured cheers” which consisted of everyone
racing motors, blowing horns and sirens on a very light signal.
The General retired for lunch while the Division lined up for the mounted
march past which started at 1400 hours with tanks and vehicles roaring by two abreast.
Units then proceed home independently.
The turn-out of the Regiment was judged the best in the Division in every way by
the AA&QMG 5 Canadian
Armoured Division, Lt-Col. Dutton.