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    CANADIAN FORCES

    The Canadian Army followed British organisation very closely. Canadian War
    Establishments varied from those of the British Army only in minor ways, mainly as a result
    of the different vehicles available.

    This page gives the Order of Battle for 1 Canadian Army plus sample War Establishments
    for an Armoured Regiment and a Field Company RCE.


    CANADIAN ARMY

    The Canadian soldiers in 21 Army Group were very largely volunteers. The Canadian Army had two categories of soldier, the General Service Volunteer who could serve anywhere, and the conscript who could only serve overseas if he volunteered to do so. This situation changed in late 1944 when it was decided to send conscripts overseas. In January 1945 nearly 13,000 conscripts were sent to the UK and nearly 10,000 of these went to the Continent in late February.

    Canada had a sizeable French speaking population. The official language of the army was English but there were four French speaking regiments in NW Europe. Officers of these regiments were bilingual but platoons used only French for orders. Some manuals and instructions were published in French or in bilingual form.

    The Canadian Army followed British organisation and equipment very closely. The Canadian Army however purchased its own equipment and most of this was produced in Canada.

    Canadian Army uniforms were to the same designs as the British but were generally of better quality. The colour was different being a green shade of khaki instead of a brown shade. In late 1944 shirts with collars were issued so that a tie could be worn for walking out.

    Canadian wireless sets were to the same general design and specification as the British but again were generally of better quality.

    Canadian Army vehicles were very largely standardised CMP types which were produced by Ford and Chevrolet in Canada. Some were militarised civilian types from Canadian factories but again with US names like Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge. What Canada could not produce was largely purchased from the USA, and smaller quantities were purchased from Britain. Vehicle types and classifications were as for the British Army with vehicles in the 8cwt, 15cwt, 30cwt and 3ton classes. Although 4 X 2 vehicles were produced the Canadian Army in the field used 4 X 4 vehicles almost exclusively.

    War Establishments follow the British pattern very closely. The only differences are in the vehicles being used and in the drivers required. For example 8cwt HUP’s are often used instead of 15cwts and since more are required the number of drivers is increased.

    The Canadian supply system in 21 Army Group was fully integrated with the British.

    Many British units served under the command of 1 Canadian Army, as did Polish, Czech and Dutch units. The trade was not all one way however and some Canadian units served under British command and some hundreds of Canadian officers volunteered to serve with British units at a time when Canada had a surplus and Britain had a shortage.




    1 CANADIAN ARMY
    The following Canadian units were listed on the Order of Battle for 21 Army Group. In general the War Establishments for these units were as for British units although there were some minor differences.

    HQ Army Troops Area 1st Canadian Army
    Canadian Section HQ 1st Echelon 21 Army Group
    Canadian Section HQ 2nd Echelon 21 Army Group
    HQ 1st Canadian Army Civil Affairs Staff
    1 Canadian Interrogation HQ Section
    HQ 1 Canadian Army Meteorological Group
    Canadian Meteorological Sections Nos 11, 13, 15, 20 and 22
    Canadian Auxiliary Services No 1 and 7
    1 Canadian Army Car Section
    Canadian Provost Sections Nos 2, 11 and 13
    2 Canadian Field History Section
    Canadian Base Reinforcement Groups Nos 2 and 3
    3 Canadian Non Effective Transit Depot
    3 Canadian Public Relations Group


    Royal Canadian Signals
    1 HQ Army Troops Signals Section
    1 Canadian Line of Communication Signals
    1 Canadian Army Cipher Pool Section
    3 Canadian Army Signals Park
    Canadian WI/SW Sections Nos 2 and 3
    HQ 1 Canadian Army Air Liaison Group
    Air Liaison Sections Nos 420, 430, 442, 443, 444, 410, 450, 452, 457, 460, 561, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467 and 468
    Special Wireless Sections 1, 2 and 3

    Royal Canadian Engineers
    1 and 2 HQ Army Troops Engineers
    1 Canadian Army HQ Engineer Platoon
    HQ 1 Canadian Army Group Engineers

    1 Canadian Army Field Survey Depot
    1 Canadian Field (Air) Survey Company
    2 Canadian Field Survey Company
    3 Canadian Field (Reproduction) Survey Company
    4 Canadian Field Survey Company
    1 Canadian Landmark Unit

    1 Canadian Railway Operating Group
    1 and 2 Canadian Railway Operating Company
    1 Canadian Railway Workshop Company
    1 and 2 Canadian Road Construction Company
    1 and 2 Canadian Drilling Company
    1 Canadian Commander Royal Engineer (Works)
    Canadian Works Sections Nos 1, 2 and 3
    1 Canadian Mechanical Equipment Company
    Canadian Mechanical Equipment Sections Nos 1, 2, 3 and 4
    Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Sections Nos 2, 3 and 4
    1 Canadian Mechanical Equipment Park Company
    1 Canadian Workshop and Park Company
    1 Canadian Engineer Stores Section
    1 Canadian Machinery Spare Parts (Base) Section
    1 Canadian Chemical Warfare Laboratory

    Field Park Companies Nos 8, 10 and 11
    Field Companies Nos 5, 20, 23, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34


    Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
    HQ RCASC 1 Canadian Army Troops
    HQ RCASC 4 Petrol Installation
    HQ 1 Canadian Arm Transport Column
    HQ 2 Canadian Army Transport Column
    Canadian Corps Composite Companies Nos 33 and 34
    Canadian Army Troops Composite Companies Nos 35 and 36
    Canadian Army Transport Companies Nos 41, 45, 47, 63 and 64
    Canadian General Transport Companies Nos 66 and 69
    1 Canadian Base Transport Company
    65 Canadian Tank Transporter Company
    Canadian Bridging Companies Nos 85 and 86
    Canadian Artillery Companies Nos 81 and 82
    Canadian Motor Ambulance Convoy Nos 1 and 2
    1 Canadian Mobile Printing Section
    Canadian Increment Motor Transport Inspectorate Branch Nos 1 and 2
    Detail Issue Depots Nos 121 and 136
    Petrol Depots Nos 247 and 248
    1 Canadian Mobile Petrol Laboratory


    Royal Canadian Artillery
    Canadian AA Operations Rooms Nos 16 and 156
    1 Canadian Calibration troop
    HQ 1 Canadian Army Group RCA
    11 Field Regiment RCA
    Medium Regiments RCA 1, 2 and 5
    HQ 2 Canadian Army Group RCA
    19 Field Regiment RCA
    Medium Regiments RCA Nos 3, 4 and 7
    2 Heavy Anti Aircraft regiment RCA
    1 Canadian Rocket Battery
    1 Radar Battery
    191 Field regiment RA
    1 Heavy regiment RA


    Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    HQ RCEME 1 Canadian Army
    1 Canadian Army Troops Workshop
    1 Canadian General Troops Workshop
    Canadian Infantry Troops Workshops 1, 2 and 3
    Canadian Armoured Troops Workshop Nos 4 and 5
    Canadian Tank Troops Workshops 1 and 2
    Canadian Engineer Equipment Workshops Nos 1 and 2
    2 Canadian HAA Workshop
    Canadian Advanced Base Workshops Nos 1 and 2
    HQ 1 Canadian Recovery Company
    HQ 2 Canadian Recovery Company
    4 Heavy Recovery Section
    7 Light Recovery Section


    Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
    Canadian General Hospitals Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 and 21
    Canadian Convalescent Depot Nos 2 and 3
    Canadian Field Surgical Units Nos 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
    Canadian Field Transfusion Units Nos 4, 5, 6 and 7
    Canadian Field Ambulances Nos 10, 11, 15 and 18
    Canadian Field Dressing Stations Nos 6, 12 and 21
    Canadian Field Hygiene Sections No 8, 12, 13 and 14
    Canadian Casualty Clearing Stations Nos 2, 3 and 6


    Canadian Dental Corps
    Canadian Dental Companies Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9
    Canadian Base Dental Companies Nos 11 and 12
    2 Canadian Army Dental Stores
    2 Canadian Army Advanced Depot Dental Stores


    Royal Canadian Army Ordnance Corps
    Canadian Corps and Army Troops Sub Park Nos 1 and 2
    Canadian Infantry Ordnance Sub Parks Nos 1, 2, and 3
    Canadian Armoured Ordnance Sub Parks Nos 4 and 5
    1 Canadian Ordnance Maintenance Company
    1 and 2 Canadian Ammunition Repair Units
    Mobile Laundry and Bath Units Nos 2, 4 6 8 and 9


    Canadian Royal Armoured Corps
    25 Canadian Armoured Delivery Regiment (the Elgin Regiment)
    1 Canadian Armoured Brigade
    2 Canadian Armoured Brigade
    Note: 1st Canadian Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment was part of 79 Armoured Division but was assigned to 1st Canadian Army.

    Infantry
    1 Canadian Army Defence Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment)


    Canadian Provost Corps
    Canadian Provost Companies Nos 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 16,
    Canadian Line of Communication Provost Company


    CORPS

    I Canadian Corps
    HQ and Signals
    I Canadian Corps Troops
    7 Anti Tank Regiment RCA
    1 Light AA Regiment RCA
    1 Survey Regiment RCA
    1 Canadian Armoured Car Regiment (Royal Canadian Dragoons)
    1 Corps Defence Company (Lorne Scots)


    I Corps HQ Car Company RCASC
    1 Corps Transport Company RCASC
    31 Corps Troops Company RCASC
    32 Corps Troops Company RCASC

    12, 13 and 14 Field Companies RCE
    9 Field Park Company RCE

    1 Corps Troops Workshop RCEME


    II Canadian Corps
    HQ and Signals
    II Canadian Corps Troops
    6 Anti Tank regiment RCA
    6 Light AA Regiment RCA
    2 Survey regiment RCA
    18 Canadian Armoured Car Regiment (12 Manitoba Dragoons)
    2 Corps Defence Company (Prince Edward Island Light Horse)


    II Corps HQ Car Company RCASC
    2 Corps Transport Company RCASC
    33 Corps Troops Company RCASC
    34 Corps Troops Company RCASC

    29, 30 and 31 Field Companies RCE
    8 Field Park Company RCE

    2 Corps Troops Workshop RCEME



    DIVISIONS

    4th Canadian Armoured Division
    HQ and Signals
    29 Reconnaissance Regiment (South Alberta Regiment)
    10 Independent Machine Gun Company (New Brunswick Rangers)

    5 and 23 Field Regiments RCA
    5 Anti Tank Regiment RCA
    8 LAA Regiment RCA

    8 and 9 Field Squadrons RCE
    6 Field Park Squadron RCE
    4 Bridging Platoon

    4 Canadian Armoured Brigade
    21 Armoured Regiment (Governor Generals Foot Guards)
    22 Armoured Regiment (Canadian Grenadier Guards)
    28 Armoured Regiment (British Columbia Regiment)
    Lake Superior Regiment (Motor)

    10 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Lincloln and Welland Regiment
    Algonquin Regiment
    Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada

    12 and 15 Field Ambulance RCAMC
    12 Field Dressing Station RCAMC
    12 Field Hygiene Section


    5th Canadian Armoured Division
    HQ and Signals
    3 Armoured Regiment (Governor Generals Horse Guards)
    11 Independent Machine Gun Company (Princess Louise’s Fusiliers)

    8 and 17 Field Regiments RCA
    4 Anti Tank Regiment RCA
    5 LAA Regiment RCA

    1 and 10 Field Squadrons RCE
    64 Field Park Squadron RCE
    5 Bridging Platoon

    5 Canadian Armoured Brigade
    2 Armoured Regiment (Lord Strathcona’s Horse)
    5 Armoured Regiment (Princess Louise’s Hussars)
    9 Armoured Regiment (British Columbia Dragoons)
    Lake Superior Regiment (Motor)

    11 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Perth Regiment
    Cape Breton Highlanders
    Irish Regiment of Canada

    12 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Westminster Regiment
    Lanark and Renfrew Scottish
    Princess Louise’s Dragoon Guards

    7 and 24 Field Ambulance RCAMC
    13 Field Dressing Station
    11 Field Hygiene Section


    1 Canadian Infantry Division
    HQ and Signals
    4 Reconnaissance Regiment (4 Princess Louise Dragoon Guards)
    Saskatoon Light Infantry (Machine Gun)

    1 Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
    2 and 3 Field Regiments RCA
    1 Anti Tank Regiment RCA
    2 LAA Regiment RCA

    1, 3 and 4 Field Companies RCE
    2 Field Park Company
    1 Bridging Platoon

    1 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Royal Canadian Regiment
    Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
    48th Highlanders of Canada

    2 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
    Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
    Loyal Edmonton Regiment

    3 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Royal 22e Regiment
    Carleton and York Regiment
    West Nova Scotia Regiment

    4, 5 and 9 Field Ambulance RCAMC
    1 and 2 Field Dressing Station RCAMC
    2 Field Hygiene Section

    1 Provost Company (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)


    2 Canadian Infantry Division
    HQ and Signals
    8 Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment (14 Canadian Hussars)
    Toronto Scottish Regiment (Machine Gun)

    4, 5 and 6 Field Regiments RCA
    2 Anti Tank Regiment RCA
    3 LAA Regiment RCA

    2, 7 and 11 Field Regiments CRE
    1 Field Park Company CRE

    4 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Royal Regiment of Canada
    Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
    Essex Scottish Regiment

    5 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Black Watch of Canada
    Le Regiment de Maisonneuve
    Calgary Highlanders

    6 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal
    South Saskatchewan Regiment
    Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada

    10, 11 and 18 Field Ambulance RCAMC
    21 and 4 Field Dressing Station RCAMC
    13 Field Hygiene Section


    3 Canadian Infantry Division
    HQ and Signals
    7 Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment (17 Duke of York’s Royal Canadian Hussars)
    Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Machine Gun)

    12, 13 and 14 Field Regiments RCA
    3 Anti Tank Regiment RCA
    4 LAA Regiment RCA

    6, 16 and 18 Field Regiments CRE
    Field Park Company CRE

    7 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Royal Winnipeg Rifles
    Regina Rifle Regiment
    Canadian Scottish

    8 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Queens Own Rifles of Canada
    Le Regiment de la Chaudiere
    North Shore Regiment

    9 Canadian Infantry Brigade
    Highland Light Infantry of Canada
    North Nova Scotia Highlanders
    Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders

    14, 22 and 23 Field Ambulance RCAMC
    5 and 7 Field Dressing Station RCAMC
    7 Field Hygiene Section


    INDEPENDENT ARMOURED BRIGADES

    1 Canadian Armoured Brigade
    11 Armoured Regiment (Ontario Regiment)
    12 Armoured Regiment (Three Rivers Regiment)
    14 Armoured Regiment (Galgary Regiment)

    17 Field Ambulance RCAMC

    2 Canadian Armoured Brigade
    6 Armoured Regiment (1 Hussars)
    10 Armoured Regiment (Fort Garry Horse)
    27 Armoured Regiment (Sherbrooke Fusiliers)

    2 Light Field Ambulance RCAMC



    CANADIAN ARMOURED REGIMENT

    CANADIAN ARMOURED REGIMENT
    January 1944 (Modified June 1944)

    Total personnel
    Lieutenant Colonel
    Major, second in command
    4 X Major
    Captain, adjutant
    Captain, Technical Officer
    8 X Captain
    20 X Subaltern
    Quartermaster

    Regimental Serjeant Major
    Regimental Quartermaster Serjeant
    Quartermaster Serjeant, technical
    Mechanist Quartermaster Serjeant
    4 X Squadron Serjeant Major

    4 X squadron quartermaster serjeant
    4 X serjeant mechanist
    orderly room serjeant clerk
    provost serjeant
    signal serjeant
    transport serjeant
    serjeant technical storeman
    29 X serjeant


    Plus attached
    Medical Officer RCAMC
    3 X armourer RCEME
    4 X officers mess cooks ACC
    15 X cook ACC
    6 X vehicle mechanic RCEME
    Paymaster
    serjeant pay clerk


    Total vehicles
    8 X motorcycle
    1 X Car 4seater 4 X 4
    11 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 jeep
    12 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 15cwt Office
    4 X 15cwt water
    1 X 15cwt FFW
    7 X 15cwt halftrack
    48 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    3 X 3ton 4 X 4 stores
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 kitchen
    4 X Carrier, Starting and Charging
    9 X scout car
    6 X AA tank
    61 X tank
    11 X light tank
    3 X armoured recovery vehicles
    1 X 180 gallon water trailer



    Organisation.
    Regimental Headquarters.

    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4
    corporal driver IC, driver IC

    Cruiser Tank 1
    Lieutenant Colonel, Adjutant, serjeant, driver mechanic, driver operator.
    Cruiser Tank 2
    Major, Regimental Serjeant Major, operator RS, corporal driver mechanic, driver operator
    Cruiser Tank 3
    Subaltern, serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator
    Cruiser Tank 4
    Intelligence Officer, intelligence corporal, gunner operator, driver mechanic, driver operator

    Note that the second in command would not normally be here in action. His action post was at rear headquarters.
    The subaltern commands the headquarters tanks.

    Added in early 1945
    15cwt halftrack
    driver IC


    Headquarters Squadron.
    Squadron headquarters.
    Car 15cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Major (squadron commander), driver IC
    15cwt FFW
    Captain (squadron second in command), Squadron Serjeant Major, 2 X driver operator
    Carries a Wireless set No19.

    Added early 1945
    Car 15cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Liaison Officer, driver operator



    AA troop
    AA Tank 1
    Subaltern, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator
    AA Tank 2
    serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator
    AA Tank 3
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    AA Tank 4
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    AA Tank 5
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    AA Tank 5
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    AA tank 6
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic


    Reconnaissance troop

    Troop headquarters
    Light tank 1
    Subaltern, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator
    Light tank 2
    serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator

    Section 1
    Light tank 3
    serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic
    Light tank 4
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Light tank 5
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Section 2
    Light tank 3
    serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic
    Light tank 4
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Light tank 5
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Section 3
    Light tank 3
    serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic
    Light tank 4
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Light tank 5
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic

    Note
    The reconnaissance troop gained a Captain as its commanding officer in late 1944. It retained the subaltern but lost one serjeant. At the same time it became common for the troop headquarters to have a scout car in place of Light Tank 2. This could be used by either officer for liaison and attending order groups etc, leaving the light tank as a command post.

    Troop headquarters late 1944
    Light tank 1
    Captain, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator
    Scout Car 2
    Subaltern, driver operator

    Intercommunication troop
    Scout Car 1
    serjeant, driver operator
    Scout Car 2
    driver operator, corporal driver IC
    Scout Car 3
    driver operator, corporal driver IC
    Scout car 4
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout car 5
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout car 6
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout Car 7
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout Car 8
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout Car 9
    Technical Officer, driver operator,

    Note.
    In late 1944 the Technical Officer lost his scout car and was replaced by a corporal driver IC. He got his scout car back in the next establishment.


    Administrative troop
    Motorcycle 1
    provost serjeant
    Motorcycle 2
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 3
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 4
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 5
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 6
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 7
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 8
    batman

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 1
    corporal driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 2
    driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 3
    driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 4
    driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (Jeep) 5
    driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 6
    Quartermaster, driver IC

    Heavy Utility Personnel Computer 4 X 4
    Paymaster, serjeant pay clerk

    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4 2
    serjeant mechanist, vehicle mechanic
    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4 3
    2 X vehicle mechanic

    15cwt truck GS 1
    squadron quartermaster serjeant, driver IC
    15cwt truck GS 2
    sanitary dutyman, medical officers orderly, driver IC
    15cwt truck GS 3
    quartermaster serjeant (technical), serjeant (technical), storeman, corporal clerk, driver IC

    15cwt truck water 1
    water dutyman, driver IC
    15cwt truck water 2
    water dutyman, driver IC

    15cwt halftrack
    Medical Officer, batman, driver IC
    15cwt halftrack
    driver IC
    For use as ambulance
    15cwt halftrack
    driver IC
    For use as ambulance

    15cwt halftrack
    equipment repairer, serjeant armourer, 2 X armourer, corporal storeman (technical), driver IC

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    transport serjeant, cook ACC (officers mess), butchery dutyman, batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    carpenter and joiner, vehicle mechanic, corporal driver operator, 3 X driver mechanics (relief), 3 Xgunner operator (relief),
    3 X gunner mechanic (relief), driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    postman, storeman, 3 X batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 4
    electrician, gun fitter, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 5
    serjeant, sanitary dutyman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 6
    clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 7
    clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 8
    Regimental Quartermaster Serjeant, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 9
    3 X vehicle mechanic, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 10
    storeman, clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 11
    2 x clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 12
    Signal Officer, signal serjeant, serjeant clerk, corporal clerk, driver IC
    used as regimental office.
    3ton 4 X 4 Kitchen
    serjeant cook, 2 X cook, driver IC

    15cwt 4 X 4 truck Carrier, Battery Charging
    electrician, driver mechanic
    Battery charging and maintenance
    3ton 4 X 4 store
    vehicle mechanic, technical storeman, 3 X batman, driver IC

    Note.
    As the campaign progressed some vehicles were replaced by improved versions
    - The 15cwt Battery Charging was replaced by a 3ton 4 X 4 Machinery I30.
    - GS 12 was replaced by a similar vehicle purpose built as an office.


    The Squadrons.
    Each of the three squadrons was organised identically.

    Squadron headquarters
    Cruiser Tank 1 Close Support (Sherman 75mm)
    Major (squadron commander), serjeant, driver operator, gunner operator, driver operator
    Cruiser Tank 2 Close Support (Sherman 75mm)
    Captain, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser Tank 3 (Sherman 75mm)
    Captain, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver operator
    Cruiser Tank 4 (Sherman 75mm)
    Squadron Serjeant Major, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver operator

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    driver IC

    Armoured Recovery Vehicle MkI
    serjeant vehicle mechanic REME, vehicle mechanic, driver mechanic

    Note
    In the re organisation of June 1944 the Squadron headquarters gave up one of its Sherman tanks to make up the number in the troops. The new organisation required sixteen tanks in troops instead of fifteen. The squadron headquarters officially got the tank back in early 1945. It is not known for certain which tank was removed but the probability is that most regiments got it back long before it was officially sanctioned.

    Administrative troop
    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4
    mechanist serjeant, 2 X vehicle mechanic, driver operator (relief)
    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4
    cook (officers mess), driver IC

    15cwt truck GS
    squadron quartermaster serjeant, serjeant, driver IC

    15cwt halftrack
    2 X driver mechanic (relief), driver operator (relief), 2 X gunner operator (relief)

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    storeman, 5 X vehicle mechanic, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 4
    batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 5
    clerk, corporal driver IC,
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 6
    clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 7
    batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 8
    gunner operator (relief), driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 9
    gunner mechanic (relief), sanitary dutyman
    3ton 4 X 4 GS10
    2 X gunner mechanic (relief), driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 11
    corporal driver operator (relief), driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 12
    driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 Kitchen
    corporal cook, 3 X cook, water dutyman, driver IC

    15cwt truck Battery Charging
    electrician, driver mechanic
    3ton 4 X 4 stores
    corporal storeman technical, 2 X vehicle mechanic, gun fitter

    The fighting troops.
    The War Establishment shows five troops each of three tanks. It is known that this organisation was changed for 21 Army Group and there is no reason to think that the organisation used was any different to that of British regiments.
    Troop 1
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    Subaltern, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal, driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal driver operator, gunner operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman Firefly)
    serjeant, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic

    Troop 2
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    Subaltern, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal, driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal driver operator, gunner operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman Firefly)
    serjeant, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic

    Troop 3
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    Subaltern, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal, driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal driver operator, gunner operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman Firefly)
    serjeant, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic

    Troop 4
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    Subaltern, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal, driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal driver operator, gunner operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman Firefly)
    serjeant, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic





    CANADIAN ARMOURED REGIMENT
    November 1944

    Total personnel
    Lieutenant Colonel
    Major, second in command
    4 X Major
    Captain, adjutant
    Captain, Technical Officer
    Captain Liaison Officer
    8 X Captain
    20 X Subaltern
    Quartermaster

    Regimental Serjeant Major
    Regimental Quartermaster Serjeant
    Quartermaster Serjeant, technical
    Mechanist Quartermaster Serjeant
    4 X Squadron Serjeant Major

    4 X serjeant mechanist
    orderly room serjeant clerk
    provost serjeant
    signal serjeant
    transport serjeant
    serjeant technical storeman
    29 X serjeant

    59 X corporal
    523 X trooper

    Total 670

    Plus
    Medical Officer RCAMC
    3 X armourer RCEME
    4 X officers mess cooks
    15 X cook
    6 X vehicle mechanic RCEME


    Trades included
    carpenter and joiner
    13 X clerk
    94 X driver mechanics
    103 X driver operator
    5 X electrician
    equipment repairer
    gun fitter
    92 X gunner mechanics
    89 X gunner operator
    6 X storeman (technical)
    39 X vehicle mechanics

    22 X batman
    butchery dutyman
    90 X driver IC
    medical orderly
    6 X motorcycle orderly
    postman
    5 X sanitary dutyman
    5 X storeman
    4 X water dutyman


    Total vehicles
    8 X motorcycle
    1 X Car 4seater 4 X 4
    11 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 jeep
    12 X 15cwt GS
    1 X 15cwt Office
    4 X 15cwt water
    1 X 15cwt FFW
    7 X 15cwt halftrack
    48 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    3 X 3ton 4 X 4 stores
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 kitchen
    4 X Carrier, Starting and Charging
    9 X scout car
    6 X AA tank
    61 X tank
    11 X light tank
    3 X armoured recovery vehicles




    Organisation.

    Regimental Headquarters.

    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4
    corporal driver IC, driver IC

    Cruiser Tank 1
    Lieutenant Colonel, Adjutant, serjeant, driver mechanic, driver operator.
    Cruiser Tank 2
    Major, Regimental Serjeant Major, operator RS, corporal driver mechanic,
    driver operator
    Cruiser Tank 3
    Subaltern, serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator
    Cruiser Tank 4
    Intelligence Officer, intelligence corporal, gunner operator, driver mechanic,
    driver operator

    Note that the second in command would not normally be here in action. His action post was at rear headquarters.
    The subaltern commands the headquarters tanks.

    This establishment table gives details of weapons
    11 X pistol
    1 X rifle
    9 X Sten gun

    Headquarters Squadron.
    Squadron headquarters.
    Car 15cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Major (squadron commander), driver IC
    15cwt FFW
    Captain (squadron second in command), Squadron Serjeant Major, 2 X driver
    operator
    Carries a Wireless set No19.

    Armoured Carrier Tracked Ammunition
    driver mechanic, gunner operator
    This was a turretless and stripped out Ram tank (Wallaby).

    Added early 1945
    Car 15cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Liaison Officer, driver operator

    4 X pistol
    4 X Sten gun

    AA troop
    The AA troop does not appear on this war establishment table.

    Reconnaissance troop
    Troop headquarters
    Light tank 1
    Captain, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator
    Light tank 2
    Subaltern, driver mechanic, gunner operator, driver operator

    Section 1
    Light tank 3
    serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic
    Light tank 4
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Light tank 5
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Section 2
    Light tank 3
    serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic
    Light tank 4
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Light tank 5
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Section 3
    Light tank 3
    serjeant, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic
    Light tank 4
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic
    Light tank 5
    corporal driver operator, gunner mechanic, gunner operator, driver mechanic

    Note
    The reconnaissance troop gained a Captain as its commanding officer in late 1944. It retained the subaltern but lost one serjeant.

    33 X pistol
    11 X Sten gun

    Intercommunication troop
    Scout Car 1
    serjeant, driver operator
    Scout Car 2
    driver operator, corporal driver mechanic
    Scout Car 3
    driver operator, corporal driver mechanic
    Scout car 4
    driver operator, driver mechanic
    Scout car 5
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout car 6
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout Car 7
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout Car 8
    driver operator, driver IC
    Scout Car 9
    driver operator

    Note.
    The Technical Officer in this establishment is shown in the administrative troop but his seat in scout car 9 remains.

    8 X pistol
    9 X Sten gun

    Administrative troop
    Motorcycle 1
    provost serjeant
    Motorcycle 2
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 3
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 4
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 5
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 6
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 7
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle 8
    batman

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 1
    corporal driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 2
    driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 3
    driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 4
    driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (Jeep) 5
    driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep) 6
    Quartermaster, driver IC

    Heavy Utility Personnel Computer 4 X 4
    Paymaster, serjeant pay clerk
    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4
    Serjeant mechanist, driver mechanic
    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4
    2 X driver mechanic

    15cwt truck GS 1
    squadron quartermaster serjeant, driver IC
    15cwt truck GS 2
    sanitary dutyman, medical officers orderly, driver IC
    15cwt truck GS 3
    quartermaster serjeant (technical), serjeant (technical), storeman, corporal clerk, driver IC

    15cwt truck water
    water dutyman, driver IC
    15cwt truck water
    water dutyman, driver IC

    15cwt halftrack
    Medical Officer, batman, driver IC
    15cwt halftrack
    driver IC
    For use as ambulance
    15cwt halftrack
    driver IC
    For use as ambulance

    15cwt halftrack
    equipment repairer, serjeant armourer, 2 X armourer, corporal storeman (technical), driver IC

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    transport serjeant, cook ACC (officers mess), butchery dutyman, batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    carpenter and joiner, vehicle mechanic, corporal driver operator, 3 X driver mechanics (relief), 3 X gunner operator (relief),
    gunner mechanic (relief), driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    postman, storeman, 3 X batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 4
    electrician, gun fitter, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 5
    serjeant, sanitary dutyman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 6
    clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 7
    clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 8
    Regimental Quartermaster Serjeant, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 9
    3 X vehicle mechanic, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 10
    storeman, clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 11
    2 x clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 12
    Signal Officer, signal serjeant, serjeant clerk, corporal clerk, driver IC
    used as regimental office.
    3ton 4 X 4 Kitchen
    serjeant cook, 2 X cook, driver IC

    15cwt 4 X 4 truck Carrier, Battery Charging
    electrician, driver mechanic
    Battery charging and maintenance
    3ton 4 X 4 store
    vehicle mechanic, technical storeman, 3 X batman, driver IC

    Note.
    As the campaign progressed some vehicles were replaced by improved versions
    - The 15cwt Battery Charging was replaced by a 3ton 4 X 4 Machinery I30.
    - GS 12 was replaced by a similar vehicle purpose built as an office.

    13 X pistol
    35 X rifle
    52 X Sten gun
    2 X PIAT


    The Squadrons.
    Each of the three squadrons was organised identically.

    Squadron headquarters
    Cruiser Tank 1 Close Support (Sherman 75mm)
    Major (squadron commander), serjeant, driver operator, gunner operator, driver operator
    Cruiser Tank 2 Close Support (Sherman 75mm)
    Captain, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser Tank 3 (Sherman 75mm)
    Captain, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver operator
    Cruiser Tank 4 (Sherman 75mm)
    Squadron Serjeant Major, driver mechanic, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver operator

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    driver IC

    Armoured Recovery Vehicle MkI
    serjeant vehicle mechanic REME, vehicle mechanic, driver mechanic

    Armoured Carrier Tracked Ammunition 1
    driver mechanic, gunner operator
    Armoured Carrier Tracked Ammunition 2
    driver mechanic, gunner operator
    These were turretless and stripped out Ram tank (Wallaby).

    17 X pistol
    12 X Sten gun

    Note
    In the re organisation of June 1944 the Squadron headquarters gave up one of its Sherman tanks to make up the number in the troops. The new organisation required sixteen tanks in troops instead of fifteen. The squadron headquarters officially got the tank back in early 1945. It is not known for certain which tank was removed but the probability is that most regiments got it back long before it was officially sanctioned.

    Administrative troop
    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4
    mechanist serjeant, 2 X vehicle mechanic, driver operator (relief)
    Heavy Utility Personnel 4 X 4
    cook (officers mess), driver IC

    15cwt truck GS
    squadron quartermaster serjeant, serjeant, driver IC

    15cwt halftrack
    2 X driver mechanic (relief), driver operator (relief), 2 X gunner operator (relief)

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    storeman, 5 X vehicle mechanic, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 4
    batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 5
    clerk, corporal driver IC,
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 6
    clerk, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 7
    batman, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 8
    gunner operator (relief), driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 9
    gunner mechanic (relief), sanitary dutyman
    3ton 4 X 4 GS10
    2 X gunner mechanic (relief), driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 11
    corporal driver operator (relief), driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 12
    driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 Kitchen
    corporal cook, 3 X cook, water dutyman, driver IC

    15cwt truck Battery Charging
    electrician, driver mechanic
    3ton 4 X 4 stores
    corporal storeman technical, 2 X vehicle mechanic, gun fitter

    8 X pistol
    22 X rifle
    21 X Sten gun
    3 X PIAT


    The fighting troops.
    The War Establishment shows five troops each of three tanks. It is known that this organisation was changed for 21 Army Group and there is no reason to think that the organisation used was any different to that of British regiments.
    Troop 1
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    Subaltern, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal, driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal driver operator, gunner operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman Firefly)
    serjeant, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic

    Troop 2
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    Subaltern, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal, driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal driver operator, gunner operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman Firefly)
    serjeant, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic

    Troop 3
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    Subaltern, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal, driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal driver operator, gunner operator, 2 X gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman Firefly)
    serjeant, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic

    Troop 4
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    Subaltern, corporal driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal, driver operator, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman 75mm)
    corporal driver operator, gunner operator, 2 X gunner mechanic,
    driver mechanic
    Cruiser tank (Sherman Firefly)
    serjeant, gunner operator, gunner mechanic, driver mechanic

    Three men in each crew carry a pistol and two men carry a Sten gun.





    FIELD PARK SQUADRON RCE

    Personnel
    Major
    Captain
    2 X Subaltern

    Squadron Serjeant Major
    squadron quartermaster serjeant
    Staff Serjeant Military Mechanist
    transport serjeant
    2 X serjeant

    lance serjeant
    4 X corporal sapper class
    2 X corporal driver class
    6 X lance corporal sapper class
    4 X lance corporal driver class
    48 X sapper
    36 X driver

    Total 111

    Tradesmen
    2 X blacksmith
    bricklayer
    4 X carpenter and joiner
    5 X clerk
    draughtsman, mechanical
    5 X driver mechanic, driver class
    3 X electrician, maintenance
    3 X engine fitter, IC and pumps
    2 X engine hand IC
    equipment repairer
    3 X fitter
    8 X operator, special engineering equipment
    2 X painter and decorator
    2 X general dutyman
    4 X motorcyclist
    9 X storeman
    2 X plumbers and pipe fitters
    2 X sawyers
    surveyor, engineering
    sheet metal worker
    turner
    vehicle mechanic, driver class
    2 X welder
    Total 65

    Drivers IC for duty as
    4 X batman
    29 X driver of vehicle
    sanitary dutyman
    2 X transport NCO
    water dutyman
    Total 37

    Transport
    1 X Bicycle
    9 X Motorcycle
    3 X car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    4 X Truck 15cwt GS
    1 X Truck 15cwt FFW
    1 X machinery KL
    11 X 3ton 4 X 4GS
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 office
    1 X 3ton 4 X 4 derrick
    4 X 3ton 4 X 4 tipping
    1 X 4ton 6 X 6 machinery RE
    1 X 4ton 6 X 6 crane
    3 X transporter 20ton
    3 X 18 ton trailer
    1 X water trailer

    Mechanical equipment
    2 X Crawler Tractor Class II, Caterpillar D4 Angledozer
    1 X Crawler Tractor Class IV, Caterpillar D7 Angledozer


    HEADQUARTERS
    Major
    Captain

    Squadron Serjeant Major
    squadron quartermaster serjeant
    transport serjeant
    serjeant armourer

    lance serjeant
    corporal sapper class
    corporal driver class
    lance corporal sapper class
    lance corporal driver class
    9 X sapper
    13 X driver
    Total 33

    Tradesmen
    4 X clerk
    draughtsman, mechanical
    2 X driver mechanic, driver class
    2 X driver operator
    3 X motorcyclist
    3 X storeman
    surveyor, engineering
    vehicle mechanic

    Drivers IC for duty as
    2 X batman
    5 X driver of vehicle
    sanitary dutyman
    transport NCO
    water dutyman

    plus
    4 X cook


    Organisation
    Bicycle
    Motorcycle
    transport serjeant
    Motorcycle
    Motorcyclist
    Motorcycle
    Motorcyclist
    Motorcycle
    Motorcyclist

    Car 4seater
    Major, batman, driver IC
    Car 5cwt 4 X 4 (jeep)
    Captain, driver IC

    Truck 15cwt GS
    2 X batman, cook ACC, driver IC
    Carries officers mess equipment and baggage

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    3 X cook ACC, water dutyman, driver IC
    Carries cooking sets and rations
    Tows water trailer
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    4 X clerk, driver IC
    For use as office
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    Carries Quarter Master stores and anti gas stores
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 4
    Carries petrol and MT stores

    Workshop troop
    Subaltern
    Staff serjeant military mechanist
    serjeant
    serjeant fitter
    2 X corporal sapper class
    3 X lance corporal sapper class
    lance corporal driver class
    25 X sapper
    6 X driver
    Total 40

    Tradesmen
    2 X blacksmith
    bricklayer
    4 X carpenter and joiner
    driver mechanic, driver class
    3 X electrician, maintenance
    3 X engine fitter, IC and pumps
    2 X engine hand IC
    equipment repairer
    3 X fitter
    2 X painter and decorator
    storeman
    2 X plumbers and pipe fitters
    2 X sawyers
    sheet metal worker
    turner
    2 X welder

    Drivers IC for duty as
    batman
    5 X driver of vehicle

    Motorcycle
    Subaltern
    Motorcycle
    serjeant
    15 cwt machinery KL
    2 X welder, driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    electrician, driver IC
    Carries electric light set
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    driver IC
    Carries all personnel not otherwise assigned
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    storeman, driver IC
    Carries technical stores
    3ton 4 X 4 derrick
    driver mechanic
    4ton 6 X 6 machinery
    driver IC

    Stores troop
    Subaltern
    serjeant
    corporal sapper class
    corporal driver class
    2 X lance corporal sapper class
    2 X lance corporal driver class
    14 X sapper
    17 X driver
    Total 38

    clerk
    2 X driver operator
    2 X driver mechanic, driver class
    8 X operator, excavator
    2 X general dutyman
    motorcyclist
    6 X storeman
    Total 19

    Drivers IC for duty as
    batman
    16 X driver of vehicle (includes 2 X driver mechanic)
    transport NCO
    Total 18

    Transport
    2 X Motorcycle
    1 X Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    3 X Truck 15cwt GS
    1 X 15cwt FFW
    5 X 3ton 4 X 4 GS
    4 X 3ton 4 X 4 tipper
    1 X 4 ton 6 X 6 machinery RE (Diamond T)
    1 X 4 ton 6 X 6 crane (Diamond T)
    3 X 20ton transporter (Federal 604)


    Mechanical equipment
    2 X Crawler Tractor Class II, Caterpillar D4 Angledozer
    1 X Crawler Tractor Class IV, Caterpillar D7 Angledozer


    Transport Motorcycle
    motorcyclist
    Motorcycle
    serjeant vehicle mechanic

    Car 5cwt 4 X 4
    Subaltern, batman driver

    15 cwt truck GS
    driver IC
    Carries technical stores
    15 cwt truck GS
    driver IC
    Carries technical stores
    15 cwt truck GS
    driver IC
    Carries technical stores

    15cwt truck FFW
    2 X driver operator

    3ton 4 X 4 tipper
    driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 tipper
    driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 tipper
    driver IC
    3ton 4 X 4 tipper
    driver IC

    3ton 4 X 4 GS 1
    driver IC
    Carries compressor and tools
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 2
    driver IC
    Carries compressor and tools
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 3
    storeman, driver IC
    Carries minefield supply stores
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 4
    storeman, driver IC
    Carries reserve stores
    3ton 4 X 4 GS 5
    storeman, driver IC
    Carries technical stores

    4ton 6 X 6 crane
    2 X driver mechanic

    20ton transporter
    driver IC
    20ton transporter
    driver IC
    20ton transporter
    driver IC
     
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  2. gpo son

    gpo son Senior Member

    Hi Mike
    a small point I'm sure just a transcription thing. But since you do such detailed work on your posts, i thought I'd mention that the 5th CAD's recce battalion was the Royal Westminster regiment not the Lake superior regiment, they were correctly listed as the recce for the 4th CAD. The 1st Can Army was a pretty tough beast ot pin down in terms of compostion. It had a great many formations under command at different times. In the fall of 44 winter of 45 they had numerous british divisions and even the 30 corp under command. At Arhem they had the 43 Wessex div. the 52nd Lowland Div, from mid July '44 the Polish armoured as well as the Czech armoured Brigade (not sure about this formation) under command for the most part. dont know all the ins and outs of all these, you would need a score card to keep up.
    Matt
     
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  3. 17thDYRCH

    17thDYRCH Senior Member

    Matt,
    Not sure that I agree with the Royal Westminister Regiment being recce regiment for 5th CAD. My reference shows 3rd Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment
    (Governor General's Horse Guards ).

    Also, recce regiment for 4th CAD was 29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment ( The South Alberta Regiment ).
    Bothe regiments had the recce number 45 with white numbers in the green blue box.

    Cheers
    Randy
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    The Westminster Regiment were the Motor Battalion in 5 CAD.

    The Lake Sups are listed twice as mentioned.
     
  5. Theobob

    Theobob Senior Member

    2nd Forward Observer Unit (Airborne) was made up with Canadian and British soldiers,due to the shortage of trained gunners/signalers.
    How unusual was that?
    The units C/O said it was an unusual mix ,but that it worked very well.
    He kept Canadians with Canadians and Brits with Brits within the unit and it managed to create a "friendly" rivalry.
    Did that happen in any other regiments?
     

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