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  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers
  • A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers

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A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers

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A D-Day Participant Group; "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, Royal Canadian Engineers

Includes thirteen pieces: Battledress Blouse (exterior in wool with a green tinge to the darker khaki colour, giving it that distinctive Canadian-look versus the British version, of which the Canadian one is patterned after, adorned with "ROYAL CANADIAN ENGINEERS" shoulder flashes and maroon rectangular patches representative of the 5th Canadian Division on the upper sleeves on both sides, button down epaulette straps with two embroidered pips each, indicative of the rank of Lieutenant and held in place via large brown plastic buttons, dual hook and eye on the collar ensuring a snug fit at the neckline, the front with two pockets, one on each breast which have decorative straps giving them a pleated-look with brownish-green finished metal buttons at the top, each pocket with a fold over flap and when lifted up, exposes a reinforced buttonhole, when the buttons are fastened, they remain invisible to the eye, covered by the flaps, a Canadian Volunteer Service Medal ribbon bar with Maple Leaf overseas clasp in place above the left pocket, the front with a vertical row of five brownish-green finished metal buttons on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, similarly covered by a full-length flap, again remaining invisible to the eye, the waistline at the front with a strap on the left side, and when fed through the metal belt loop on the right side, ensures a snug fit at the waist, right sleeve above the cuff has four red service chevrons, both sleeves have button down cuffs with brownish-green finished metal buttons on both sides, three reinforced ventilation holes in each armpit, inside waistline is reinforced with a 72 mm wide cotton band, with three reinforced buttonholes at the rear, inside lapel on both sides have deep cotton-lined pockets with side entries, 480 mm across the shoulders and 580 mm in length overall, lightly soiled in the collar); Dress Tunic (exterior in a brownish-green cotton/wool blend, adorned with maroon rectangular patches representative of the 5th Canadian Division, each patch bearing an "RCE" (Royal Canadian Engineers) flash on the upper sleeves on both sides, button down epaulette straps with two bronze gilt with red and green enamelled pips each, indicative of the rank of Lieutenant, with brass "R.C.E." shoulder titles and held in place via small brass buttons buttons bearing the Royal Canadian Engineers insignia, both bronze gilt collar tabs displaying the exploding bomb with "UBIQUE" ribbon banner, the front has five pockets, one on each breast which have decorative straps giving them a pleated-look and two at the waist without pleats which are larger and deeper than the breast pockets, each of the four pockets with fold over button down flaps with reinforced button holes and small brass buttons bearing the Royal Canadian Engineers insignia, the breast pockets each with two additional snap closures, a fifth smaller flap-less pocket on the right side midway between the breast pocket and the waist pocket, the front with a vertical row of four large brass buttons bearing the Royal Canadian Engineers insignia on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, each of the buttons on the tunic maker marked "J.R. GAUNT & SON LONDON" on their reverses, single-vented at the rear, two brass loops on either side at the waist for placement of a belt, inside lined in a brownish-green rayon, with a top-entry pocket on the right breast, the sleeves line in a beige rayon-cotton blend with repeating brown and red rules, 480 mm across the shoulders x 820 mm in length, exhibiting tearing in the interior lining above the venting); Mark II Brodie Helmet (steel, non-magnetic, in brownish green, the helmet with a protective edge, black and gold-coloured Royal Canadian Engineers applique affixed to the front, the top of the helmet stencilled "ZAG053" from side to side and painted over, inside with a steel-framed cradle supporting a black rubberized liner with black drawstring, eight wedge-shaped pads against the sidewall, cross-shaped rubber pad and marked in yellow paint "K-30001" in the dome, stamped "30001" on the underside of the helmet at the front, stamped with the maker "C.L./C." (Canadian Lamp Company), the date, "1940" and the batch number, "12" on the underside at the rear, with khaki canvas strap with a black finished adjustable buckle, 288 mm x 305 mm x 125 mm); Side Cap (finely textured greenish brown cotton exterior, with fold down panels held up via two hook and eye closures on either side, the end straps secured at the front with two small brass Royal Canadian Engineers insignia buttons, die-stamped bronze gilt Royal Canadian Engineers cap badge affixed in place via lugs and pin on the left side, the interior lined in black cotton, 48 mm wide moss green cotton sweatband, stamped in white ink with the Canadian Broad Arrow production insignia in the dome, 100 mm x 270 mm, oxidation evident on the buttons); Satchel (khaki cotton with matching drawstring at the opening, marked in handwritten black ink "L.A. LAMBE / Lieut / "C" Sqn. / 10th Arm'd Regt", with the sketch of a maple leaf below, 200 mm x 240 mm); Duffel Bag (khaki canvas, thick white rope acting as a drawstring fed through twelve brass eyelets at the opening, stamped in black "292/8/82" above the date "1941", with a crown and "A.M." (Air Ministry) below on the underside of the weather flap, inscribed in large white paint handwritten script "L.A. Lambe" vertically on the side, marked with three horizontal bars in red, blue and red paint and marked "572/1" in white paint stencilled numbers on the bottom, missing its tag but the piece with the reinforcements remains, with the string fed through them and tied to the rope, 275 mm in diameter at the base x 880 mm in length); Bag (khaki canvas with a brown leather bottom stitched in place, two straps stitched in place to the weather flap, with securing metal buckles riveted in place to the body of the bag, marked with three horizontal bars in red, blue and red paint and marked in white paint "572/1" on the rear of the bag, the rear featuring a pouch with snap closure, along with two large H-shaped clips with loops stitched in place, the loops housing a shoulder strap with adjustable brass buckle, a wooden tag stamped "Lt. L.A. LAMBE / 562/1" / C" along with a thick address tag tied via white strings to one of the clips on the rear, the address tag inscribed in black ink "LIEUT. L.A. LAMBE / M.D. #2. / HOME ADDRESS - / 45, CASTLEFIELD, AVE. / TORONTO. ONT. / CANADA." on one side and "Cda Draft / 370 CD - MD 2" on the other side, pouch with zipper closure and a red embroidered label inscribed "LIEUT L.A. LAMBE" sewn in place on the underside of the weather flap, additional pouch on the inside, 55 mm x 265 mm at the opening, 130 mm x 300 mm at the base x 270 mm in depth); Bag (khaki canvas, with two straps stitched in place to the weather flap, each strap with a brass dual-riveted tab, with securing brass buckles on the body of the bag, two large brass buckles with adjoining straps on the rear, thick address tag tied via a white string to one of the buckles on the rear, inscribed in black ink "LIEUT. L.A. LAMBE / M.D. #2. / HOME ADDRESS - / 45, CASTLEFIELD, AVE. / TORONTO. ONT. / CANADA." on one side and "Cda Draft / 370 CD - MD 2" on the other side, the rear stamped in yellow paint "CO" over "370", stamped in black ink "158" below an upward-pointing board arrow and stamped in black ink with the maker mark "D. & M. LTD." and dated "1943", with an upward-pointing broad arrow on the underside of the flap, two straps stitched in place on the underside, eyelets on either side with white drawstring, 120 mm x 330 mm x 320 mm in depth); Bag (khaki canvas, with two straps stitched in place to the weather flap, each strap with a brass dual-riveted tab, with securing brass buckles on the body of the bag, two large straps on the rear, each strap with a brass dual-riveted tab, each of the straps with a brass buckle securing the shoulder strap, the latter with brass dual-riveted tabs on either end and stamped with a faded maker's mark in black ink, white paper tag printed in black ink "O.H.M.S." (On His Majesty's Service), coded "7-42" at the lower left and "S.L.C. 21-966" at the lower right and inscribed in pencil "LT LAMBE L A / 370" tied in place to the one buckle, stamped in black ink "72" below an upward-pointing broad arrow and stamped in black ink with the maker mark "M.E. Co." and dated "1944" on the underside of the weather flap, 115 mm x 330 mm x 350 mm in depth); Bag (khaki canvas, with two straps stitched in place to the weather flap, each strap with a brass single-riveted tab, with securing brass buckles on the body of the bag, two large straps at the rear, two straps with brass buckles stitched in place on the bottom, brass buckles on either side securing a shoulder strap, stamped in black ink "31" below an upward-pointing broad arrow and stamped in black ink with the maker mark "J.&A.H." and dated "1942", along with "LAMBE" in handwritten block capitals on the underside of the weather flap, stamped in black ink with the maker mark "M.E. Co" and dated "1944" beside a large upward-pointing broad arrow above "NORMAL" on the underside of the shoulder strap, 115 mm x 260 mm x 215 mm in depth); Belt (khaki webbed cotton, brass buckle at the right end and brass receiving clip at the left end, each end with folded over and held in place with brass clips, the ends with brass couplings triple-riveted in place and looped through the body of the belt, two straps stitched in place in the centre with brass buckles, inscribed in black handwritten ink "F86454" on the underside near the buckles, 55 mm x 830 mm); Strap (olive green webbed cotton, gray magnetic metal buckle on the right end, brass dual-riveted clip on the left end, stamped in black ink with the maker, "M.W.&S. Ltd" (Martin Wright & Sons Limited), the date "1944" and an upward-pointing broad arrow, 25 mm x 735 mm); and Strap (thick brown cotton, one end folded over and housing a silvered magnetic buckle with gripping tab, secured in place via four large rivets, missing its tag but the piece with the reinforcements remains, with the string fed through them and looped through the buckle, 36 mm x 1,670 mm). Accompanied by a Duo-Tang folder containing four pages of research papers.

 
Footnote: Lieutenant L.A. Lambe of Toronto, Ontario was part of Canadian Draft 370 of Military District No. 2, for service in the European theatre during the Second World War. He was assigned to "C" Squadron, 10th Armoured Regiment, 1st Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers, 5th Canadian Armoured Division and was a participant in the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944. Four weeks later, on July 4, 1944, he was part of the Canadian operation to capture Carpiquet and its airfield, six kilometres west of Caen, the operation code named "Windsor". It was considered an essential prerequisite to the capture of Caen itself. The attack was to be made by the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, supported by tanks, artillery, naval gunfire and Typhoons. Holding both the village and the hangers of the airfield was a single battalion from the 26th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment. Supporting elements were quickly thrown together to halt the Canadian advance. "C" Squadron, Fort Garry Horse (10th Armoured Regiment) itself consisted on one Sherman V Commander, six Sherman V's and two Fireflys. Lambe later became a Captain and returned to Canada. He was married to Mrs. Alex. Lambe.
 
 
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