First Canadian Corps Intelligence Summary Number 271.
record group 24, series C3, War diaries volume 13690, 1 Cdn. Corps – general staff,
1 April 45 – 30 April 45, folder 21, Appendix jacket number 2.
Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada.
The following paragraphs have been taken from part one, entitled
“Enemy Situation”, of a First Canadian Corps
Paragraphs not related to Otterloo have been omitted
as has part two, giving a detailed count of prisoners taken
by the entire corps, broken down by enemy unit.
In this copy, the abbreviated names of units have been spelled out.
Place names, in full capital letters in the original, have been rendered here
with only the first letter capitalized.
Also compass directions are not rendered in full capital letters here.
Tool tips have been used to specifically identify some Canadian units
referred to in general terms in the original.
1 Cdn Corps
Intelligence Summary No. 271
Based on information received
up to 2300 hours 17 April 1945
The story of the Apeldoorn garrison continues.
Yesterday, troops on their way back to the Grebbe line ran into
our forces in the Otterloo area, and after an unsuccessful battle
they could not go any further west.
To add to their discomfiture, both our artillery and airforce
worried them all day.
Prisoners of war taken today from Apeldoorn, which is in our hands,
said that last night the garrison staff appreciated we threatened to
isolate the town and to cut all the routes back to Amersfoort.
The main route had already been cut.
So the original plan of remaining in town was abandoned and the
garrison started westward and north westward toward Putten and Nijkerk.
Those formations that were considered capable of doing so moved towards
Otterloo with the hope of fighting their way through our spearhead.
This group, commanded by the regimental commander of the 952 Volksgrenadier
Regiment, was made up of everything but his own troops.
Both battalions of the 858 Grenadier Regiment totalling about 250,
Second Battalion of the 953 Volksgrenadier Regiment (180 strong),
Second Battalion of the 951 Volksgrenadier Regiment, and the remnants of the
803 North Caucasian Ost Battalion
now whittled down to 50.
Also represented were 2 Company of 1071 Sicherung Battalion and II and III batteries
of 361 Artillery Regiment, fighting in the main as infantry.
This hodge-podge made unsuccessful efforts to break through but were
one of our
firing over open sights, by a
(also firing over open sights and and taking over 100 prisoners of war) and by
an infantry battalion
— a very stout effort.
As the enemy did not escape, we may expect to find groups popping up out
of the woods well behind what is now our line of forward troops.