Fonds F0072 - William Ziegler Fonds

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William Ziegler Fonds


  • 1940-1999 (Creation)

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15 cm of textual records
1 map

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Biographical history

William Smith Ziegler was born in Calgary, Alberta on April 5 1911. Ziegler begin his participation in the Canadian military in 1926 as a member of the Non-Permanent Active Militia, where he was promoted to an officer in 1932. During WWII Ziegler served with the 1st Canadian Division in both Holland and Italy. He was steadily promoted and trained for leadership throughout the war, ending up with the rank of Brigadier and the command of the Royal Artillery, 1st Canadian Division. After the war he stayed with the military, serving with the British Foreign Office (German Section) as Deputy Commander of the Hannover Region. Ziegler left the military in 1950 and worked afterwards for Canadian National Railway and Inland Cement and Genstar Limited. He died in Edmonton, Alberta in 1999.

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Purchased, 2009.

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The William Ziegler Fonds consists predominantly of material gathered and used by Ziegler during his time as an officer in the Canadian Military during WWII. This includes detailed official battle histories written immediately post conflict by the commanding officer for operational purposes, a draft of Ziegler's unpublished autobiography, and notes taken by Ziegler in his capacity as Deputy Commander of the Hannover Region in Germany following WWII. The fonds is divided into 4 series:

  1. Ziegler Biographical
  2. Battle and Unit Histories
  3. Operations Related Material
  4. Miscellaneous

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No further accruals are expected.

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No restrictions on access.

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Archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • English

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Fonds processed in 2009 by Alan H. MacDonald




Archivist's note

This AtoM record was created by Jason Nisenson in March, 2016.

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