Vancouver in Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
On 8/9 August 1944, the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own), then designated Canadian 28th Armoured Regiment, was commanded by LCOL D.G. Worthington in his tank "Boss". In Sherman tanks similar to this one, they fought a heroic 14 hour battle on Hill 140 north of the town of Falaise, France. When the battle ended the "Dukes" had suffered great losses, including their commanding officer, to overwhelming enemy fire. This tank is dedicated to the memory of all those who fought so gallantly on the hill to preserve our peace and freedom.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1944.
Location. 49° 16.775′ N, 123° 6.646′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Beatty Street and Dunsmuir Street, on the right when traveling north on Beatty Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 620 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2L9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance64 Pounder Guns (here, next to this marker); Drill Hall (a few steps from this marker); Ram Mk II (within shouting distance of this marker); 326 West Pender Street (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); BC Permanent Building (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Flack Block (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Here Stood Hamilton (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Dominion Building (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
Regarding Sherman. Concerning the foe the Regiment faced on Hill 140:
"... Fatefully, Worthington Force chose to defend high ground that was also assigned to a battle group of the 12 SS Panzer Division, consisting of a Panther tank battalion and a Panzer Grenadier infantry battalion. That German battle group was about to move onto the position when they got word that an Allied armoured force, Worthington Force, had beat them to it! That German battle group, reinforced by Tiger tanks from the famous 101st SS Heavy Tank Battalion, were the forces that the Dukes and Algonquians fought that day, along with troops from the 85th Infantry Division moving up from the south.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.