Devon Legion Past Executives
Mar 09, 2018

Devon's Discovered Archived Photo's
Nov 21, 2016

Devon Legion Building Upgrades - Summer 2016
Aug 22, 2016

AB-NWT Legion Military Service Recognition Books
May 12, 2016

Cliff Lanphear's Overseas Pictures
Apr 28, 2016


Cliff Lanphear's Overseas Pictures
2016-04-28
Back in 1995 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the end of the Second World War, Comrade Cliff Lanphear prepared a series of poster boards to show some of his photographs and post cards he collected from his time overseas with the Canadian Army during the Second World War. Cliff later donated these poster boards to the Devon Legion where they went into forgotten storage. In 2014 when the Devon Legion Executive at the time began to restore the artifacts to the Devon Legion's honoured walls after 3 years of renovations, did these poster boards re-surface. As the Branch's Historian I recovered the poster boards so that the pictures and post cards could be preserved in acid free photo albums. It now gives me great pleasure to share the second portion of the Cliff Lamphear Collection - "The Pictures". In reviewing the pictures it appears that Cliff had these pictures taken in each country and theatre of war in which he served in World War II Europe. These pictures are presented in this article in an order that Cliff served in the Canadian Army during WWII from Italy to the Netherlands and Germany. Some of the pictures shown below have been cropped to remove damaged area of the photographs.

This first picture is a bit blurred but it is believed to be a picture of Cliff not long after he enlisted in the Canadian Army.

 
CLIFF LANPHEAR AFTER ENLISTMENT
 
The first theatre of war in which Cliff Lanphear served was in Italy (the Italian Campaign). The next two pictures were taken in Rome, Italy. Rome was liberated by the Allied armies on June 5th, 1944, the day before the D-Day June 6th landings in Normandy, France. Given this information Cliff was in the city of Rome some time after June 5th, 1944. The 1st Canadian Division and the 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade joined with the Allies and invaded Italy on September 3rd, 1943. The Canadians would remain in combat in Italy till February 25th, 1945. I researched were possible to identify the image in the photograph and included the title below the picture.


 
MAUSOLEUM OF HADRIAN (CASTEL SANT'ANGELO) - 1944


 
VATICAN CITY - 1944
 
The next three pictures were taken of the local Italian population. The pictures appear to be primarily of women who may have been providing washing services to the soldiers (only speculating). The location of where the pictures were taken is unknown. I do know from my past conversations with Cliff when he first showed me these pictures is that the third picture in the following set shows a German POW in conversation with the locals. Possibly the POW was assigned to assist the Italian women in their tasks.


 
ITALIAN CHILD IN BASKET - 1944
 

 
LOCAL ITALIAN WOMEN - 1944



 
GERMAN POW TALKING WITH THE LOCAL ITALIANS - 1944
 

 
GERMAN POW PHOTO CROPPED & ENLARGED 1944
 
Cliff Lamphear was transferred from the Italian Campaign to the North West European Campaign sometime after the June 6th 1944 D-Day landings. In early 1945 Canadian Troops serving in the Italian Campaign began to be transferred to the battles in North West Europe. By March 1945 the Canadians serving in Italy were transferred to North West Europe under the 1st Canadian Army. The first pictures of Cliff in North West Europe are shown below and taken in Holland. Where possible a caption has been added to the bottom of each picture. The first picture shows Cliff (centre) with two of his mates "Lackey" (left) & "Mos" (right). It is recorded that they are sitting on the water trailer in front of the cook house.
 

 
CLIFF LANPHEAR & MATES - HOLLAND 1945
 

 
CLIFF'S FRIEND ALLEN MOSHER (MOS) - HOLLAND 1945
 

 
CLIFF LANPHEAR - HOLLAND 1945
 

 
CLIFF LANPHEAR (LEFT) AND FRIENDS - HOLLAND 1945
 

 
CLIFF LANPHEAR (FRONT ROW FAR RIGHT) & TROOP - HOLLAND 1945
 

 
CLIFF LANPHEAR - HOLLAND 1945
 

 
THE BRITISH EMPIRE SERVICE LEAGUE - CANADIAN LEGION
 
After Holland the troop in which Cliff was serving moved into Germany. The following series of pictures was belived to have been taken in Germany after the surrender on May 8th 1945 (VE-Day). Some of the photographs are dated as 1946. The majority of the pictures appear to have been taken in Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg was bombed heavily by the allies during World War Two and the following pictures demonstration the devastation from the bombings.
 

 
BOMB DAMAGE IN HAMBURG GERMANY - 1946
 

SHOWING THE BOMB DAMAGE IN HAMBURG - 1946
 

 
SHOWING THE BOMB DAMAGE IN HAMBURG - 1946
 

 
BERLIN IS THAT WAY! - HAMBURG 1946


 
BELIEVED TO BE THE ELBE RIVER IN HAMBURG GERMANY - 1946
 

 
BRIDGE DAMAGE HAMBURG, GERMANY - 1946
 

 
UNKNOWN CHURCH IN HAMBURG, GERMANY - 1946
 
The following pictures were taken in Germany but the exact locations are unknown. Research is still on going to determine if any of the buidling structures can be identfied. Both buildings are believed to be part of the Allied regimental headquarters but the regiments remain unclear at this point in time.


 
POSSIBLE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS BUILDING - GERMANY 1946
 

 
REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS BUILDING - 20TH AUXILIARY SERVICE UNIT
 
POSSIBLY THE "CANADIAN LEGION WAR SERVICE"?
 
The next few photographs appear to have been taken as general leisure amongst those involved. What are you looking at fella's? The second picture below shows what has everyone's interest and pleasure.


 
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT ON THE GROUND?
 

 
MAN'S BEST FRIEND - GERMANY 1946
 

 
WHATS YA DOING CLIFF?
 

 
THINKING ABOUT.......
 
The following pictures from Germany during the winter of 1945-1946 shows that Canadians can find fun in the winter no matter what country in the world they are at.


 
ON FROZEN POND - GERMANY 1945/46
 

 
SEE THE ICE IS THICK ENOUGH, WE WONT FALL THROUGH! - GERMANY 1945/46
 
 
 
HAVE WE MEET BEFORE? - GERMANY 1945/46
 

 
I'M WATCHING! - GERMANY 1945/46
 
These last photographs are believed to have been taken on leave either during or after the war, possible when Cliff was making his way back to Canada to be discharged from the Canadian Army.
 



 

 
THE ARC de TRIOMPHE - PARIS, FRANCE
 

 
WESTMINSTER ABBEY - LONDON, ENGLAND
 

 
THE LIONS AT NELSONS COLUMN TRAFALGAR SQUARE
 
LONDON, ENGLAND
 


 
CLIFF LANPHEAR 1985
 
Comrade Cliff Lanphear
Branch President 1982-1983
Life Member - 1989
Town of Devon Citizen of the Year - 1992