Zijpe Day [5th November]

The LSR(M) and the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) (RCAC) were the only Canadian land based units to score a naval victory during the Second World War. On November 5, 1944, the units sank a number of German ships in the port of Zijpe. The units sank three German ships and destroyed a fourth. The ships were reportedly destroyers, one of which was damaged by mortar fire – one legend suggests a mortar round fired by the infantry made its way down the smokestack of one of the ships. The ship’s bell from one of the sunken vessels was recovered, and is located in the Officer’s Mess of The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) (RCAC).

Zijpe Harbour after the attack by the Lake Superiors and the British Columbia Regiment (Photo Credit- DND)
Zijpe Harbour after the attack by the Lake Superiors and the British Columbia Regiment (Photo Credit- DND)

Zijpe  is a municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

The municipality of Zijpe consists of the following cities, towns, villages and/or districts: Burgerbrug, Burgervlotbrug, Callantsoog, Groote Keeten, Oudesluis, Petten, Schagerbrug, Sint Maartensbrug, Sint Maartensvlotbrug, ‘t Zand.

[via Wikipedia]