Saturday, March 9, 2013

Mar

9

1943

Exercise Spartan tests D-Day forces in Britain

Canadian Churchill tanks during Exercise 'Spartan', 9 March 1943.

The armoured divisions’ progress, however, was disappointingly slow; there were bad traffic jams and petrol shortages; and for a time there was a complete breakdown in communications between Corps and Army Headquarters. This last was not surprising, since 2nd Canadian Corps Signals was neither fully equipped nor fully trained. It should moreover be remembered that this was the first occasion on which the whole of the 5th Division was actually exercised together as a formation.