23rd Field Regiment, RCA

23rd Field Regiment, RCA

23rd Field Regiment, RCA

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The 23rd Field Regiment (SP), RCA, was part of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division of the 2nd Canadian Corps, of the 1st Canadian Army in World War II.

Formation and disbandment

The 23rd Field Regiment (SP) was part of the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) and was authorized on 18 March 1942, per General Order GO 147/42. The regiment consisted of an HQ Battery and three separate gun batteries. From May to July 1942, the three batteries formed up at the Canadian Artillery Training Centre A2 (CATC A2) in Petawawa, Ontario. The (SP) in the regiment's name denotes that it was a self-propelled artillery regiment.

The regiment trained in Canada from May 1942 to July 1943 and in England from July 1943 to July 1944, then went into action in France on 26 July 1944, seven weeks after D-Day. They participated in the "breakout" campaign, on the "Green Up - Maple Leaf Up" route from Normandy, France, into Belgium and Holland, and they ended action in Germany.

The regiment was disbanded on 18 December 1945, per General Order GO 71/46.

The regiment's three batteries

The three batteries that made up the 23rd Field Regiment were:

  1. "The 31st", which had formed part of the 7th Field Regiment mostly from Toronto, Ontario. Its company name was "Peter" and the troops' initials were A (Abel) and B (Baker)
  2. "The 36th", which was from the areas of Cobourg, Port Hope, and Peterborough, Ontario. Its company name was "Queen" and the......
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