Further Reading: Primary Sources and Memoirs

Primary Sources

The 1st Polish Armoured Division in Normandy by Maj.-Gen. Stainslaw Maczek, Officer Commanding 1st Polish Armoured Division

Canadian War Diaries of the Normandy Campaign at the Laurier Military History Archive

General Simonds Speaks: Canadian Battle Doctrine in Normandy by Lt.-Gen. Guy Simonds, Officer Commanding II Canadian Corps

In the Heat of Battle: Letters from the Normandy Campaign by Harold MacDonald & M.A. MacDonald

Montgomery’s Scientists: Operational Research in North West Europe, 1944-1945 edited by Terry Copp

Normandy Invasion Special Observer Report – Beach Party

Special Interrogation Report: Brigadefuhrer Kurt Meyer Commander, 12th SS Panzer Division (6 June-25 August 1944) by “G” Intelligence Officer, HQ Canadian Forces in the Netherlands.

Tank Battle Analysis by Maj. G. Gee & Maj. J.M. Murdoch Mitcheson

The Toronto Scottish Machine Gun Battalion in Normandy (July–August 1944) by Col. Johnson, Officer Commanding Toronto Machine Gun Battalion


Battle Diary by Charles Martin (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1994)

By Tank Into Normandy by Stuart Hills

Fantassin by Charly Forbes (Quebec: Septentrion, 1994)

The Guns of Normandy: A Soldier’s Eye View, France, 1994 by George Blackburn (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1995)

“In the Eye of the Storm”: A Recollection of Three Days in the Falaise Gap, 19–21 August 1944 by Arthur Bridge

Recollections Concerning Canadian War Crimes Investigations and Prosecutions by Wady Lehmann

Soldier, POW, Partisan: My Experiences during the Battle of France, June–September 1944 by Don Learment

We Were There (7 Volumes) by Jean E. Portugal (Toronto: Royal Canadian Military Institute, 1998)

A Worm’s Eye View: The 1/4 KOYLI in Normandy by Lewis Keeble