The 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was the premier Canadian paratroop regiment, landing in the early morning of June 6th, 1944 as part of the 6th Airborne Division (a British formation, not Canadian). This meant the men of the unit were the first Canadians on the ground in the ultimately successful invasion of Normandy. The battalion was composed of 27 officers and 516 other ranks.
War Diaries missing from our online collection may be viewed on Library and Archives Canada’s sister site, Héritage. Their collection is organized by LAC reel numbers. To determine which reel a particular unit’s diaries are on, follow LAC’s instructions here.
This document is only a portion of the full battalion war diary, specifically the first 10 days of the month. The entire document is forthcoming.