Series 13.51.07 - War Diary

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War Diary

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CA HM 13.51-13.51.07

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  • 1944 (Creation)
    McLeod, Robert
    Gothic Line - Italy

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This series consists of 1 cm of textual records

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Lieutenant Colonel McLeod passed away 2007 at the age of 87 years. Bob McLeod was born and raised in Penobsquis New Brunswick, graduated from the Sussex High School, University of New Brunswick and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Canadian Officers Training Corps. In April 1941 he joined the 8th Princess Louise's New Brunswick Hussars and went overseas with the Regiment in October 1941. While in England, the 8th NB Hussars gained extensive tank and battle training , Bob was promoted to Captain and Tank Commander. In November 1943 the Regiment. as part of the 5th Armoured Brigade, was shipped to North Africa then soon to Naples,Italy. Many serious battles ensured through which Captain McLeod was an outstanding leader of both men and tanks in extremely dangerous and difficult conditions. The tankers in "B" Squadron had faith that Captain Bob would look after them and he did. Discharged with the rank of major , Bob returned to civilian life in Penobsquis , married and was employed by the Veterans Land Act, becoming director for the Atlantic Provinces. he was deeply involved in the civic life of Hampton, with an abiding interest in the education of the youth. His motto was; "Be Useful-not just ornamental" Following the war Bob continued to serve with the 8th NB Hussars and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer 1954-1957 followed by Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 1989-19913. He was also instrumental in the selection of the 8th Hussars regiment being chosen by national Defense Headquarters and renamed the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) as the new regular Force Armoured Regiment in 1957 in response to the Cold War and NATO Needs.

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Robert McLeod
Gail KcKinnon

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This series consists of the Gothic Line War Diary of Robert McLeod. It is seventeen pages in length.

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8th Hussars Museum Archives

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