A.J.S. Turvey


The operations to clear the approaches to Antwerp were among the most important actions carried out by the Canadian forces in the Second World War yet relatively little is known about them. The decision to mount an amphibious attack behind German defences in the Breskens Pocket was a particularly brilliant example of what is now called manoeuvre warfare, but neither Lieutenant Guy Simonds, acting commander of First Canadian Army, nor Major-General Dan Spry, General Officer Commanding 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, have been given much credit for the exploit. One of the many aspects of Operation “Switchback” deserving of study is the logistical problems of the operation. This contemporary report prepared from 3rd Division’s CRASC (Commander, Royal Army Service Corps) describes one aspect of the work of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps.