At Camp Valcartier, near Quebec city, "operation Snowgoose" began today with the departure for Cyprus of the first contingent of soldiers from the Royal 22nd regiment.
At Camp Valcartier, near Quebec city, "operation Snowgoose" began today with the departure for Cyprus of the first contingent of soldiers from the Royal 22nd regiment. The whole operation of moving more than eleven hundred troops to the troubled island will take until March 21st.
About five hundred soldiers of the first Battalion of the Van doos turned out on the parade ground at the army camp this afternoon to be reviewed by the Regiment's Colonel-in-chief, Governor-General Georges Vanier. The Governor-General flow from Ottawa to Quebec to address the soldiers of the regiment be helped to found fifty years ago. While a light snow fell on the parade ground, the governor-general told the men that each was an ambassador, and urged them to be an example of unity for troops of other nations in the peace force.
At nearby Anceinne Lorette airport, the first of the huge RCAP transport Planes - a Hercules - was loaded with the equipment of the first contingent of the soldiers...while crowds of relatives and friends stood by the plane took on a cargo of four jeeps, canned rations, small arms and ammunition.....then the soldiers, 21 officers and men wearing the blue berets of the United Nations Peace Corps...disembarked from a bus and lined up at the plane...As each of the soldiers passed by to climb into the huge transport plane, he was greeted personally by the Governor-general...Then while the crowds waved and cheered, the first plane load of Cyprus-bound soldiers lumbered down the runway, headed into the lowering snow clouds and disappeared from sight.