Lance Corporal
Name
Elmer Schauer
Nationality
Canadian
Unit
13th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery
Location
Juno Beach, Normandy, France
Date
June 6th, 1944
Survived the war?
Yes
3rd Canadian Infantry Division

My Dads words

In 1944, we were on standby, we were not allowed to leave our barracks, we knew something was about to happen very soon.  On June 6, 1944 we boarded ships to cross the English Channel . I remember the smell of bread baking. The chaplain gave a sermon before embarking on our landing craft which held about 75 men. Our landing craft made a run for the beach in France . The channel was so rough with 5 ft waves coming over the craft. When we landed we followed a rope , hand over hand . The water so deep it came over the radio I carried in my hands and damaged it. Our artillery was still on the barges and they couldn’t get close to shore because of the rough seas . I borrowed a radio from an Englishman so I could radio in our co-ordinates . We could see the Germans firing from church steeples . My position was forward observation.

I’m aware I’ve given you more than you asked for, but I’m so proud of my Dad. He just passed away last year at 99 years old. Story provided by Elmers' daughter Brenda.


Lester Schauer

lester schauer 001Elmer's brother Lester, did not survive the war as he got killed in Italy read his story here.


Copyright: D-Day, Normandy and Beyond

3rd Canadian Division

The 3rd Canadian Division is a formation of the Canadian Army responsible for the command and mobilization of all army units in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as all units extending westwards from the city of Thunder Bay.

It was first created as a formation of the Canadian Corps during the First World War. It was stood down following the war and was later reactivated as the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division during the Second World War. The second iteration served with distinction from 1941 to 1945, taking part in the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944. A duplicate of the 3rd Canadian Division was formed in 1945 to serve on occupation duty in Germany, and was disbanded the following year.

In 2013, Land Force Western Area, a peacetime military organization in western Canada, was ordered to be redesignated as 3rd Canadian Division. On 6 June 2014, the 3rd Canadian Division adopted the insignia, traditions and history of the previous formations.[1] From the middle of 1916, the division has been identified by a distinctive French-grey patch worn on the uniforms of its soldiers.


Croix de Guerre
Croix de Guerre
1939-1945 Star
1939-1945 Star
France and Germany Star
France and Germany Star
Defence Medal
Defence Medal
Volunteer Service Medal
Volunteer Service Medal
War Medal 1939-1945
War Medal 1939-1945

Veteran's personal file

13th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery

Elmer in uniform
Elmer in uniform
Elmer's original uniform
Elmer's original uniform
  • February 28, 2019
  • Legion section Rimbey Alberta, Canada

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