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Losses for the operation were comparatively light, indicating that the lessons from Normandy and Arnhem had been learned. Despite some of the parachutists being dropped some distance from their landing zone, the battalion managed to secure its objectives quickly, and joined in the great push across Germany, to the Baltic. They met the Russian Army on May 2nd, 1945, at Wismar, on the Baltic. Lubeck and Hamburg capitulated the same day. On May 9th, 1945 the surrender of Berlin was ratified and the war was over.

After victory celebrations in Germany the battalion returned to England, arriving at Carter Barracks by May 21st. The unit left England in the middle of June, arriving in Halifax on the first day of summer; the first Canadian Unit to return home from overseas service. After a month's leave, the Battalion reassembled at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; and with the end of the Pacific War in August, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was disbanded on 30th September 1945.

The Battalion was perpetuated in the infantry commandos of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, whose Colours carried the battle honours: Normandy Landing, Dives Crossing, The Rhine, and North-west Europe 1944-1945.

Johnny, the Battalion mascot, with Sgt. Peter Kawalski after the dog's first parachute jump.


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