What did Germany think of Canada

Discussions on High Command, strategy and the Armed Forces (Wehrmacht) in general.
daniel kochenberger
Member
Posts: 22
Joined: 28 Mar 2003 12:30
Location: switzerland

Post by daniel kochenberger » 28 Oct 2003 18:56

Addy wrote:"Adrien (don't get any ideas!!!!) Arcand's National Social Christian Party was a fascist organization in Quebec in the 1930s. It was rumored alot of his organization was funded by the Germans. Apparentely this Arcand fellow was quite the speaker and considered the Canadian "Sir Oswald Mosely"

-While studiing in Canada a few years ago,local newspapers wrote about a former canadian minister who was a nazi admirer.(i think his name is "Grou"or something like that)It looks like they were all french canadians ,curious!

DarExc
Financial supporter
Posts: 1147
Joined: 19 Aug 2002 06:52
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Post by DarExc » 28 Oct 2003 21:17

I know the Canadian Prime minister at the time had a meeting with Hitler and Goering. He discussed trade and Canada's stance on the issue of Germany's agresions. Goering was also invited to Canada and was planning a trip to come and hunt grizzly bears, it never happend due to the war though.

Here is a link to the full log of the Canadian state visit.
http://www.junobeach.org/e/2/can-eve-eve-agr-kin-e.htm

michael mills
Member
Posts: 8909
Joined: 11 Mar 2002 12:42
Location: Sydney, Australia

Post by michael mills » 29 Oct 2003 00:55

Germans had one very strange idea about Canadians.

They believed that Canadians had heads that were divided into two halves, a top half and a bottom half, with the top half resting on the bottom half and unconnected to it. Thus, when Canadians talked, the top half of their heads would bounce around.

Germans also thought that the national anthem of Canada was "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK".

A few Germans had more rational notions. For example, Ribbentrop had spent his youth in Canada, before the First World War, and always retained very fond memories of the country.

DarExc
Financial supporter
Posts: 1147
Joined: 19 Aug 2002 06:52
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Post by DarExc » 29 Oct 2003 04:46

I also forgot to mention that Hitler visited the massive Canadian war monument from WW1 at Vimy and left it standing.

Here is an image of it found on Arras Pictures

Image

User avatar
Lawrence Tandy
Member
Posts: 1738
Joined: 18 May 2002 07:41
Location: B.C, Canada

Post by Lawrence Tandy » 29 Oct 2003 05:06

michael mills wrote:Germans had one very strange idea about Canadians.

They believed that Canadians had heads that were divided into two halves, a top half and a bottom half, with the top half resting on the bottom half and unconnected to it. Thus, when Canadians talked, the top half of their heads would bounce around.

Germans also thought that the national anthem of Canada was "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK".

A few Germans had more rational notions. For example, Ribbentrop had spent his youth in Canada, before the First World War, and always retained very fond memories of the country.

Ah, Monty Python and South Park. Both definitive resources on Canadians. You've done your homework I see. :lol:
Good post, quite funny! Tell me, have you ever heard of The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen?

Cheers
LT

Lobscouse
Member
Posts: 1627
Joined: 01 May 2002 07:01
Location: Victoria, Canada

Post by Lobscouse » 29 Oct 2003 06:39

So Hitler visited the Vimy Memorial, and left it standing. 8O

michael mills
Member
Posts: 8909
Joined: 11 Mar 2002 12:42
Location: Sydney, Australia

Post by michael mills » 29 Oct 2003 13:39

Tell me, have you ever heard of The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen?
I must admit that I have never heard of that no doubt elite unit, but I am sure that the yaks made a vital contribution to keeping the supplies moving across the Normandy beaches.

I recall reading in "Hitler's Tabletalk" that he proposed to set up an elite Waffen-SS unit dressed in Lederhosen. No doubt a clash between the RCKY and the Waffen-SS Lederhosentraeger would have been the battle of the millennium.

User avatar
Lawrence Tandy
Member
Posts: 1738
Joined: 18 May 2002 07:41
Location: B.C, Canada

Post by Lawrence Tandy » 29 Oct 2003 23:31

Here's what Hubert Meyer of the 12thSS thought of Canadian troops he faced

http://www.wlu.ca/~wwwmsds/haller.htm

QUOTE:

"A second thought was impressed on the minds of the officers and men of the 12th SS. The Canadian 3rd Division was considered a formation of exceptional skill, and the artillery which they commanded inspired nothing short of fear. Allied high explosives had time and again inflicted severe wounds on the Hitlerjugend. Hubert Meyer summarized this feeling:


The anti-tank weapons around Bretteville were so
powerful that outflanking movements to the north and
south were thwarted. The surprising employment of
parachute magnesium flares blinded the Panthers and
lighted clear targets for the enemy anti-tank guns.
Our opponents were especially strong on the defensive,
and they did not allow themselves to be surprised.
They fought ferociously and bravely.80"


The full account can be found at the link I provided. It doesn't say much of Canadian attacks though, which were very bloody for us unfortunately.

User avatar
Lawrence Tandy
Member
Posts: 1738
Joined: 18 May 2002 07:41
Location: B.C, Canada

Post by Lawrence Tandy » 29 Oct 2003 23:44

To be fair, here is an account of a severe bloody nose suffered by the Canadians, most noteably on Verrieres Ridge. Thought this article doesn't mention it, I have read from several sources that the Germans felt compassion for the Canadians and eventually stopped mowing them down with their machine guns.
http://www.wlu.ca/~wwwmsds/vol1n12verridge.htm

DarExc
Financial supporter
Posts: 1147
Joined: 19 Aug 2002 06:52
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Post by DarExc » 01 Nov 2003 07:03

Here is a realy bad image of Hitler after visiting the Vimy momorial with staff. If anyone had a better image of it please post. I remember reading that he left it standing because he could relate to his old foes as he fought in the same war. This could lead to another quest though, did the nazi ragime ever destroy war monuments in occupied areas?
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

Lobscouse
Member
Posts: 1627
Joined: 01 May 2002 07:01
Location: Victoria, Canada

Post by Lobscouse » 01 Nov 2003 23:36

Certainly no British Commonwealth monuments, and there were many from The Great War. Hence my prior post w/emoticon.

User avatar
Andy H
Forum Staff
Posts: 15326
Joined: 12 Mar 2002 20:51
Location: UK and USA

Post by Andy H » 02 Nov 2003 00:25

darexc wrote:
did the nazi ragime ever destroy war monuments in occupied areas?

The link below provides the answer: Yes, but it wasn't widespread, certainly not in Western Europe.

http://www.thirdreichforum.com/viewtopi ... t=memorial

Andy H

Lobscouse
Member
Posts: 1627
Joined: 01 May 2002 07:01
Location: Victoria, Canada

Post by Lobscouse » 02 Nov 2003 07:07

Destroying a single memorial to the barbarity and first use of gas warfare is the only instance of German activity of this sort.

Saying "Yes, but it was not widespread." is surely the understatement of the week.

Now, on the other hand..........

User avatar
Andy H
Forum Staff
Posts: 15326
Joined: 12 Mar 2002 20:51
Location: UK and USA

Post by Andy H » 02 Nov 2003 11:40

Saying "Yes, but it was not widespread." is surely the understatement of the week.


:?

Andy H

User avatar
bryson109
Member
Posts: 1899
Joined: 03 May 2004 18:08
Location: Canada

Post by bryson109 » 05 Jun 2004 01:11

michael mills wrote:Germans had one very strange idea about Canadians.

They believed that Canadians had heads that were divided into two halves, a top half and a bottom half, with the top half resting on the bottom half and unconnected to it. Thus, when Canadians talked, the top half of their heads would bounce around.

Germans also thought that the national anthem of Canada was "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm OK".

A few Germans had more rational notions. For example, Ribbentrop had spent his youth in Canada, before the First World War, and always retained very fond memories of the country.
Really??? Just what is your source???

Return to “German Strategy & General German Military Discussion”