24th Canadian Field Ambulance
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
This page contains a transcription of the war diary of the 24th Canadian
Field Ambulance of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
for the dates of the battle of Otterloo.
Minor spelling and punctuation errors have been corrected and
large numbers of abbreviations and acronyms have been
The convention of using full capital letters for place names has not
been followed here.
Military ranks and unit names have been spelled out.
This transcription was made from a photograph of the original war diary
located at Library and Archives Canada and contained in box 15898
of record group 24.
The unit staged overnight in the “ghost town” of Arnhem.
Reveille at 0700 hours, breakfast at 0730 hours, and we moved off at 1100 hours.
The unit moved by convoy to Otterloo, map reference 653911, where a light
advanced dressing station was open by 1700 hours in a building formerly
“E” Section under Lieutenant Liscumb proceeded on to map reference
614935 for the purpose of holding a site pending a coming move of the advanced
After an early supper the unit bedded down gladly after a tiring convoy.
Our belief that a light set-up would be sufficient was badly shattered at
2300 hours when the now famous battle of Otterloo commenced.
The battle was still raging at the day's end.
The coolness of the night is still warm with the heat of hostilities.
This will be a never-to-be-forgotten episode in the
history of the 24th Canadian Field Ambulance when the battle raged about
its own doors.
Once again the Canadian fighting qualities had been proved when, at 0830
hours the battle had ceased, 400 Germans lay dead in the fields, ditches and
roads, and 250 had been taken prisoner from a force estimated to be
Throughout all the period of hostilities the advanced dressing station
operated in a very commendable fashion and evacuations were carried out in
a normal routine.
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps personnel deserve special mention for their
part in the defence of Otterloo.
Throughout the day the advanced dressing station was busy receiving
casualties, the greater part of whom had been wounded in the
Of the 146 casualties handled, a pleasing feature was the fact that 53
of these were prisoners of war.
“E” Section returned to the unit as the plan for the move to
the proposed site at map reference 614935 had been cancelled.
Later in the day this section proceeded to act as an advance party in this
The day was very warm and clear.
Clear, warm, and sunny day.
The advanced dressing station closed down at 1200 hours, and evacuations are now
going through 7th Canadian Light Field Ambulance.
During the unit's stay at Otterloo, 211 casualties were evacuated.
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