What is MAPLE LEAF UP?
Historically, in World War II, MAPLE LEAF UP was the First Canadian Army's
supply route to the front lines in North West Europe in 1944-45. Maple Leaf Down
was the return route for empty supply trucks, ambulances with wounded etc.
In Italy, 1 Canadian Corps' route to the battle lines was called "SUN UP" I
MAPS OF MAPLE LEAF UP/DOWN
The above portions of two maps show the Maple Leaf route in general. The
various locations of First Canadian Army's Headquarters are shown from Normandy
in the summer of 1944, through to Holland in the Spring of 1945. Click on images
to enlarge. I apologize for the poor quality. They are scanned from photographs
of souvenir maps that were printed by First Canadian Army at the end of WWII. I
obtained the photos from General Crerar's Aide de Camp (ADC). The originals are
in colour, but are shown here in Black & White to keep the file size
Surrounding the maps are the formation signs of formations that were under
command of First Canadian Army - including the US 82nd All-American Airborne
Division, and the US 101st Screaming Eagles Airborne Division.
ORIGINALS of these two souvenir maps. I have seen them in many military museums
and officers' messes, but would like a set for myself.
years ago Colin Stevens took this historic name and applied it to the newsletter
of the Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society. I am also web master
of the club web site at http://www.westerncommand.com
and Editor (life-sentence it seems) of the society's newsletter MAPLE LEAF
More recently, a web start was started up in Ontario and was independently
called MAPLE LEAF UP. http://www.mapleleafup.org/
It is owned and operated by Geoff Winnington-Ball. There is also an excellent
discussion forum called MAPLE LEAF UP that is part of that. I support that site
and participate in the MLU forum, but am not connected with it. http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/8624