Armour

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Armour is one of the combat arms of the Canadian Forces .


General

Leopard tank of The Royal Canadian Dragoons. Photo courtesy Tpr K.J.Langille, RCD Archives & Collection.

The Canadian Armoured Corps was created during the Second World War to administer the growing number of armoured regiments being created. The Corps was granted the "Royal" prefix in 1945. Canada first employed armour in the First World War with the creation of three tank battalions in 1918. In 1936, the first tank regiments were created, at that time part of the Infantry, until the creation of the CAC.

Since the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps has continued to evolve in response to Canada's defence and security needs, and has employed units in pure armour as well as reconnaissance roles.

Role of Armour

To defeat the enemy through the aggressive use of firepower and battlefield mobility.

Motto of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps

"Through the mud and the blood to the green fields beyond."
- This quote is originally attributed to Brigadier General Hugh Elles of the British Army, who led British armour into action at Cambrai in the First World War.

Royal Canadian Armoured Corps March

The March of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps is "My Boy Willie".

Regiments of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.

There are currently twenty Regiments of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.

Camp Flags of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps

These are the Camp Flags of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, not to be confused with the Regimental Guidons of each of the Regiments.

Hat Badges of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps

These are the Hat Badges of the various Regiments the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. In cases like the Le 12e Regiment Blinde du Canada and its' Reserve regiment Le 12e Regiment Blinde du Canada (Milice) the Cap Badges are the same. These two regiments are not unique. The 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) were up to recently, also a Regular and Reserve regimental pair. In such a case, there is usually a distinction made in the unit title, such as "(Milice)" or "(Militia)", added to the end of the Regimental Title.

Armour Equipment

Land Force

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