On 7 November 2019, the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal launched a new Facebook page dedicated to Canada's Military Police at www.facebook.com/MilitaryPoliceMilitaireCanada/. Reprinted below are Brigadier-General Trudeau's introductory remarks for this new Military Police Branch communications venture. The launch was accompanied by a new MP branding graphic (above).
From the office of the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal | Cabinet du Grand Prévôt des Forces canadiennes:
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal Facebook page where we will share the stories of the men and women of Canada’s Military Police whose mission is to provide professional policing, security and detention services to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence globally, across the full spectrum of military operations.
The Military Police success on operations, at home and around the world, is a direct result of our member’s exceptional skills, dedication and professional competence. I am extremely proud of the remarkable men and women of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group, both military and civilian. Their unwavering dedication in executing the Military Police program provides value to the commanders we support, and ultimately contributes to the safety, effectiveness and readiness of the CAF.
C’est avec plaisir que je vous souhaite la bienvenue sur la page Facebook du Grand prévôt des Forces canadiennes, où nous partagerons les histoires des hommes et des femmes de la Police militaire du Canada dont la mission est de fournir des services de police professionnels, des services de sécurité et de détention offerts pour les Forces armées canadiennes (FAC) et pour le ministère de la Défense nationale à l’échelle mondiale, dans l’ensemble des opérations militaires.
Le succès de la Police militaire dans les opérations, au pays et partout dans le monde, est le résultat direct des attributs exceptionnels, du dévouement et de la compétence professionnelle de chacun de nos membres. Je suis extrêmement fier des hommes et des femmes remarquables du Groupe de la police militaire des Forces canadiennes, tant militaires que civils. Leur dévouement indéfectible à l’égard de l’exécution du programme de la police militaire est précieux pour les commandants que nous appuyons et, en fin de compte, contribue à la sécurité, à l’efficacité et à l’état de préparation des FAC.
Brigadier-General | Brigadier-général
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal | Grand Prévôt des Forces canadiennes
Commander Canadian Forces Military Police Group | commandant du Groupe de la Police militaire des Forces canadiennes.
On 11 November 2019 (Remembrance Day), author and retired naval officer Bill Dziadyk published his historical non-fiction book “S.S. Nerissa, the Final Crossing: The Amazing True Story of the Loss of a Canadian Troopship in the North Atlantic”. The S.S. Nerissa was the only ship transporting Canadian troops that was lost to enemy action during the entire war. The embarked troops included seven reinforcements bound for service with No. 1 Provost Company (RCMP). This organization was the first unit in what would became the Canadian Provost Corps (CProC), which in turn was one of the antecedents of our current Canadian Forces Military Police Branch. One member of this No. 1 Provost Coy. reinforcement group, Corporal Charles J. Johnstone (RCMP Constable), perished during the sinking.*
The details of the sinking of the S.S. Nerissa were highly classified until almost 50 years after the event. The tragic loss of this ship on 30 April 1941 resulted in the third largest loss of life for a ship sunk by U-boats in the approaches to the British Isles. The deaths of 81 Merchant Navy seamen, 100 Canadian, British and Norwegian troops, 9 American Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilots and 17 civilian passengers touched not only Canadian families at the time, but also many families in the allied nations and the neutral United States. This book focuses on the events which led up to the sinking by U-552 (Erich Topp) and the resulting public relations dilemma on the Canadian home-front. Also included are eye witness accounts from many of the survivors and some stories of those who perished. Much of the material is based on the analysis of testimony, recollections and official reports taken from survivors, as well as declassified Canadian, British and German documents.
This book is currently trending at about #6 in Amazon’s Canadian Naval Military History “hot new releases”: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/new-releases/books/928740
* Note: Cpl Johnstone was the first fatal CProC casualty of the Second World War.