Operation Neptune and Canadian Signals
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Operation Neptune, also commonly known as DDay, was the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy France during the Second World War.^{[1]} The landings, part of the larger Operation Overlord, occurred on 6 June 1944 and began the liberation of France (and later western Europe) laying the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. The Signals components of the Canadian force involved in Operation Nepture were mainly elements of 3rd Canadian Divisional Signals (3 Div Sigs).
The intent of this page is to address the aspects of the operation pertaining to the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. For a detailed description of the overall actions during Operation Nepture, a good source of information can be found at Wikipedia.
Canadian Signals Landing Plan
Landing Table Index No  Craft Ready to Beach  Unit/Craft or Ship Serial  Unit or SubUnit  Personel in Marching Party  Personel in Vehicle Party  Number and Type of Vehicles  Embarkation Port  Craft Serial Number  Craft Type  Landing Sector or Beach  Remarks 



726/1/J16/LSI  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Handcart  



R Wpg Rif 


726/1/J17/LSI  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Handcart  



Regina Rif 


726/1/J32/LSI  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Handcart  



QOR of C (incl Alternative Bn HQ); 4 Stores Spaces 


726/1/J34/LSI  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Handcart  



4 Stores Spaces 


726/1/J18/LSI  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Handcart  



1 C Scot R HQ 


726/1/J37/LSI  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Handcart  



4 Stores Spaces 


726/1/1080/LCH  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





R Wpg Rif Comd Gp; Ferried ashore by LCA as required  


726/1/1080/LCH  'E' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





R Wpg Rif Comd Gp; Ferried ashore by LCA as required  


726/1/1081/LCH  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





Regina Rif Comd Gp; Ferried ashore by LCA as required  


726/1/1081/LCH  'F' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





Regina Rif Comd Gp; Ferried ashore by LCA as required  


726/1/1510/LCT IV  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Carrier  






726/1/1510/LCT IV  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

4 x Handcart  






726/1/1514/LCT V  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1115/LCT IV  'E' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt 4x4; 1 x Trailer Airborne  






726/1/1116/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x M/C  






726/1/1116/LCT IV  'E' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer Airborne  






726/1/1116/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Carrier (U); 1 x M/C; 3 x Handcart  






726/1/1118/LCT IV  'E' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt  






726/1/1119/LCT IV  'E' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1120/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer Airborne; 2 x Handcart  






726/1/1120/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs (Bde HQ)  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x M/C  






726/1/1120/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs (R Wpg R)  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x M/C  






726/1/1120/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt  






726/1/1122/LCT V  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs (Regina Rif)  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x M/C  






726/1/1522/LCT IV  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1523/LCT IV  'G' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer airborne; 1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x Trailer 10cwt  



Including 2 MC for "O" Sec 4 Cdn Pro Coy loaded in tpt 


726/1/1523/LCT IV  'G' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt  






726/1/1531/LCT IV  19 Cdn Fd Regt Sig Sec  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer Airborne  






726/1/1538/LCT IV  19 Cdn Fd Regt Sig Sec  

2 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1538/LCT IV  19 Cdn Fd Regt Sig Sec  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt  






726/1/1539/LCT IV  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1540/LCT IV  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x White Scout Car; 1 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1540/LCT IV  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track; 2 x Car 5cwt  






726/1/1540/LCT IV  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x White Scout Car  






726/1/1109HQ  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





7 CIB HQ Ship; Ferried ashore as required by LCA  


726/1/1109HQ  'E' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





7 CIB HQ Ship; Ferried ashore as required by LCA  


726/1/1701/LSH  3 Inf Div Sigs Comd Gp  





Div HQ Standby Ship; Offrs: 3; ORs: 16  


726/1/1701/LSH  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





Div HQ Standby Ship; Offrs: 1; ORs: 3  


726/1/1700/LSH  3 Inf Div Sigs Comd Gp  





Div HQ Ship; Offrs: 2; ORs: 15  


726/1/1463/LCH  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





Craft carries HQ QOR of C; Pers to be taken ashore in LCA 1483 from J30/LSI  


726/1/1476/LCH  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





Craft carries HQ N Shore R; Pers to be taken ashore in LCA 1484 from J30/LSI  


726/1/J38/LSH  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  





Bde HQ Ship; 14 Cdn Fd Regt (Arty Gp Comd) incl 2 pers "G" Sec 3 Cdn Inf Div Sigs; Pers to be taken ashore in LCA 1484 from J36/LSI  


726/1/1126/LCT IV  'F' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer Airborne  






726/1/1129/LCT IV  'F' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt  






726/1/1129/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer Airborne  






726/1/1130/LCT IV  'F' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1134/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt  






726/1/1136/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs (Bde HQ)  

1 x M14 Half Track  



Bde HQ 


726/1/1139/LCT IV  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt  






726/1/1705/LCI(L)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  








726/1/1705/LCI(L)  3 Inf Div Sigs  








726/1/1712/LCT(4)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

2 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt; 1 x Airborne Trailer  






726/1/1712/LCT(4)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1712/LCT(4)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

2 x Car 5cwt  






726/1/1712/LCT(4)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Carrier (U); 1 x White Scout Car  



4 Handcart loaded; 2 MC loaded 


726/1/1712/LCT(4)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x White Scout Car  



2 Handcart loaded; 1 MC loaded 


726/1/1712/LCT(4)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

3 x Car 5cwt; 3 x Airborne Trailers  






726/1/1712/LCT(4)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  






1707/1/1715/LCT(4)  1 Corps Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt  






726/1/1723/LCT(4)  'H' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt  






726/1/1724/LCT(4)  'N' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Airborne Trailer  






726/1/1724/LCT(4)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Scout Car; 2 x Car 5cwt FFW; 2 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt; 2 x Airborne Trailers;  



2 MC Loaded; 4 Handcart 


726/1/1725/LCT(4)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Scout Car; 1 x Airborne Trailer  






726/1/1726/LCT(4)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Airborne Trailer  






726/1/1726/LCT(4)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Airborne Trailer  






726/1/1726/LCT(4)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x Airborne Trailer  






726/1/1727/LCT(4)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

2 x Car 5cwt; 2 x Airborne Trailer  






726/1/1728/LCT(4)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

2 x Car 5cwt; 2 x Airborne Trailer  






726/1/1728/LCT(4)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  








726/1/1729/LCT(4)  'L' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  






726/1/1148/LST II  'N' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x White Scout Car  



For 6 Cdn Fd Coy; Main Deck; To be discharged by RHINO FERRY towed by this LST 


726/1/1149/LST II  'N' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x White Scout Car  



For 18 Cdn Fd Coy; Main Deck; To be discharged by RHINO FERRY towed by this LST 


726/1/1152/LST II  'N' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x White Scout Car  



For HQ RCE; Main Deck; To be discharged by RHINO FERRY towed by this LST 


726/1/1152/LST II  'J' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer Airborne; 2 x White Scout Car; 1 x Trailer 10cwt  



For HQ RCE; Main Deck; To be discharged by RHINO FERRY towed by this LST 


965/1/1740/LST(2)  2 Cdn Armd Bde Sig Sec  

1 x ACV  



Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Tank Deck 


726/1/1729/LST(2)  3 Inf Div Sigs Sec  

1 x M14 Half Track  



Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Tank Deck 


1707/1/1729/LST(2)  1 Corps Sigs  

2 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt; 1 x M14 Half Track  



1 Handcart loaded; Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Upper Deck 


726/1/1729/LST(2)  'H' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

2 x 15cwt Armd  



1 Handcart loaded; Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Upper Deck 


965/1/1741/LST(2)  2 Cdn Armd Bde Sig Sec  

1 x M14 Half Track  



Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Tank Deck 


726/1/1741/LST(2)  'H' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x 15cwt Armd  



Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Tank Deck 


1707/1/1741/LST(2)  1 Corps Sigs  

2 x M14 Half Track; 1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt  



1 Handcart loaded; Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Upper Deck 


726/1/1741/LST(2)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Airborne Trailer  



Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Tank Deck 


1707/1/1741/LCI(L)  1 Corps Sigs  








1707/1552/LST II  1 Corps Sigs (less det)  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Handcart  



Tank Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


1707/1552/LST II  1 Corps Sigs (less det)  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt  



Main Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


1707/1553/LST II  1 Corps Sigs (less det)  

1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x CV (HP)  



Tank Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


1707/1553/LST II  1 Corps Sigs (less det)  

1 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt; 1 x 3 ton GS; 1 x Handcart  



Main Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


1707/1554/LST II  1 Corps Sigs (less det)  

1 x CV (HP); 1 x Car 5cwt  



Tank Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


726/1/1554/LST II  'K' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

3 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt  



Main Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


1707/1554/LST II  1 Corps Sigs (less det)  

1 x Car 4 Str; 1 x Handcart  



Main Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


1707/1555/LST II  1 Corps Sigs (less det)  

1 x 3 ton GS; 2 x Car 5cwt; 1 x CV (HP); 1 x Handcart  



Tank Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


726/1/1555/LST II  'N' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x White Scout Car  



Main Deck; This LST tows RHINO ferry by which it will be discharged 


726/1/1743/LST(2)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x 3 Ton Lorry CV (HP); 1 x 15cwt GS; 1 x 3 Ton Lorry GS; 1 x 15cwt Armd; 1 x Airborne Trailer  



Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry in tow; Upper Deck 


726/1/1744/LST(2)  3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x 15cwt Armd; 4 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt; 2 x Airborne Trailer  



Force J Offloaded by Rhino Ferry from beach; Upper Deck 


726/1/1748/LST(2)  3 Inf Div Sigs Sec  

2 x Car 5cwt; 1 x Trailer 10cwt; 1 x M14 Half Track; 1 x 3 Ton Lorry GS; 1 x H.U. Personnel; 1 x 3 Ton CV (HP); 2 x Airborne Trailer  



Offloaded by Rhino Ferry from beach Force J; Tank Deck 


961/1/1748/LST(2)  HQ 2 Cdn Armd Bde Sigs Sec  

1 x Car 5cwt  



2 M/C Loaded; Offloaded by Rhino Ferry from beach Force J; Tank Deck 


726/1/1748/LST(2)  3 Inf Div Sigs Sec  

2 x Car 5cwt  



Offloaded by Rhino Ferry from beach Force J; Upper Deck 


726/1/1157/LST II  'N' Sec 3 Inf Div Sigs  

1 x M14 Half Track  



For 5 Cdn Fd Coy; Main Deck; No RHINO FERRY towed by this LST, to be discharged by RHINO FERRY from Serial 1151 


726/1/1745/LST(2)  3 Inf Div Sigs Sec  

1 x M14 Half Track; 2 x Car 5cwt; 1 x 15cwt GS; 1 x 3 Ton Lorry GS; 3 x Airborne Trailer  



Force L Offloaded by Rhino Ferry from beach; Upper Deck 


965/1/1565/LST II  2 Cdn Armd Bde Sig Sec  

1 x White Scout Car; 1 x 15cwt WT; 1 x 3 ton GS  



Casualties
On 6 June, four members of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, all members of 3 Canadian Divisional Signals, lost their lives:
 Lt R.B. Murchison  Was with the Regina Rifles HQ and was killed when his landing craft struck a mine.
 Cpl N.A. Hauk  Was the wireless operator for a forward artillery observation officer and came in on the assault in a light craft. Craft received a direct hit and was destroyed on the run in.
 L/Cpl E.G. Swan  Was operating an Artillery wireless set when a mortar bomb fell close to his party, instantly killing him.
 L/Cpl F.M. Trainor  Suspected drowning.