**Topic:**Canadian Army

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# Canadian Infantry Regiments: Divisional Affiliations

On 9 Jul, 2013, the Canadian Minister of National Defence announced that the Canadian Army would return to an organization based on "Divisions," to be accomplished by renaming the existing Area commands as follows:

- 1st Canadian Divisional Headquarters to be at Canadian Force Base Kingston (this division has no permanent subordinate brigades).
- Secteur du Québec de la Force terrestre to become the 2nd Canadian Division.
- Land Force Western Area to become the 3rd Canadian Division.
- Land Force Central Area to become the 4th Canadian Division.
- Land Force Atlantic Area to become the 5th Canadian Division.

In 2014, the Divisions will receive new coloured shoulder patches for wear on dress uniforms and they will also receive traditional flags.

While contemplating one of the justifying points supporting this change, which was to connect to the past achievenments of the Canadian Army, I wondered which units would be in the same divisions that they were in during past conflicts. Soldiers build great pride in their regiment's battle honours and achievements, but they seldom associate those successes with the Divisions (or Brigade) the unit belonged to at the time.

The following chart provides a visual depiction of the Divisional affiliations for each of Canada's infantry regiments through the First and Second World Wars, and today.

First World War Perpetuation/Division | Second World War Division | New 2014 Divisions | ||
---|---|---|---|---|

1 | 48th Highlanders of Canada | 15th Bn, CEF (3rd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 48th Highrs (1st Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

2 | The Algonquin Regiment | Alq R (20th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Armd Div) | 4th Cdn Div | |

3 | The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) | 19th Bn, CEF (4th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Div) | A&S Highrs of C (10th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Armd Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

4 | The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada) | 13th Bn, CEF (3rd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | Black Watch (5th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Inf Div) | 2nd Cdn Div |

42nd Bn, CEF (7th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Div) | ||||

73nd Bn, CEF (12th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Div) | ||||

5 | The Brockville Rifles | 4th Cdn Div | ||

6 | The Calgary Highlanders | 15th Bn, CEF (3rd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | Calg Highrs (5th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Inf Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

7 | The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa | 38th Bn, CEF (12th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Div) | CH of O (3rd Cdn Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

8 | The Canadian Grenadier Guards | 87th Bn, CEF (11th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Div) | CGG (4th Armd Bde, 4th Cdn Armd Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

9 | The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) | 16th Bn, CEF (3rd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | CSR (7th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

10 | Cape Breton Highlanders | 85th Bn, CEF (12th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Div) | CBH (11th Cdn Bde, 5th Cdn Armd Div) | 5th Cdn Div |

11 | The Essex and Kent Scottish | 18th Bn, CEF (4th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Div) | Essex Scot (5th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Inf Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

12 | Les Fusiliers de Sherbrooke | F de Sher (2nd Armd Bde) | 2nd Cdn Div | |

13 | Les Fusiliers du St-Laurent | 2nd Cdn Div | ||

14 | Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal | FMR (6th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Inf Div) | 2nd Cdn Div | |

15 | Governor General's Foot Guards | 2nd Bn, CEF (1st Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 21st Armd Regt (4th Armd Bde, 4th Cdn Armd Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

16 | The Grey and Simcoe Foresters | 4th Cdn Div | ||

17 | The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment | Hasty P (1st Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 4th Cdn Div | |

18 | The Irish Regiment of Canada | 1st Bn CMGC (1st Cdn Div) | IR of C (11th Cdn Bde, 5th Cdn Armd Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

19 | The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment | 52nd Bn, CEF (9th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Div) | LSR (4th Armd Bde, 4th Cdn Armd Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

20 | The Lincoln and Welland Regiment | Linc & Welld (10th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Armd Div) | 4th Cdn Div | |

21 | The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) | 4th Cdn Div | ||

22 | The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) | 49th Bn, CEF (7th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Div) | LER (2nd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

23 | The North Saskatchewan Regiment | 1st CMR, CEF (8th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Div) | SLI (1st Cdn Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

5th Bn, CEF (2nd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | ||||

24 | The Nova Scotia Highlanders Cape Breton Highlanders | 25th Bn, CEF (5th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Div) | NNSH (9th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 5th Cdn Div |

25 | The North Shore Regiment | NSR (8th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 5th Cdn Div | |

26 | The Princess Louise Fusiliers | PLF (11th & 12th Bdes, 5th Cdn Armd Div) | 5th Cdn Div | |

27 | The Princess of Wales' Own Regiment | 21st Bn, CEF (4th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Div) | 4th Cdn Div | |

28 | Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry | PPCLI, CEF (7th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Div) | PPCLI (2nd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

29 | The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada | 43rd Bn, CEF (9th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Div) | QOCHofC (6th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Inf Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

30 | The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada | 3rd Bn, CEF (1st Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | QOR (8th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

31 | Le Régiment de la Chaudière | R de Chaud (8th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 2nd Cdn Div | |

32 | Le Régiment de Maisonneuve | R de Mais (5th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Inf Div) | 2nd Cdn Div | |

33 | Le Régiment du Saguenay | 2nd Cdn Div | ||

34 | The Rocky Mountain Rangers | 3rd Cdn Div | ||

35 | Royal 22e Régiment | 22nd Bn, CEF (5th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Div) | R22eR (3rd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 2nd Cdn Div |

36 | The Royal Canadian Regiment | RCR, CEF (7th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Div) | RCR (1st Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

1st Bn, CEF (1st Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | ||||

2nd Bn, CMGC (2nd Cdn Div) | ||||

37 | The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) | 4th Bn, CEF (1st Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | RHLI (4th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Inf Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

38 | The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada | HLI (9th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 4th Cdn Div | |

39 | The Royal Montreal Regiment | 14th Bn, CEF (3rd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | Army Troops | 2nd Cdn Div |

40 | The Royal New Brunswick Regiment | 26th Bn, CEF (5th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Div) | C&Y Regt (3rd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 5th Cdn Div |

41 | The Royal Newfoundland Regiment | 5th Cdn Div | ||

42 | The Royal Regiment of Canada | 3rd Bn, CEF (1st Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | RRC (4th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Inf Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

58th Bn, CEF (9th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Div) | ||||

43 | The Royal Regina Rifles | 28th Bn, CEF (6th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Div) | RRR (7th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

44 | The Royal Westminster Regiment | 47th Bn, CEF (10th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Div) | RWR (5th Cdn Armd Bde, 5th Cdn Armd Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

45 | The Royal Winnipeg Rifles | 8th Bn, CEF (2nd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | RWR (7th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

10th Bn, CEF (2nd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | ||||

27th Bn, CEF (6th Inf Bde, 2nd Cdn Div) | ||||

44th Bn, CEF (10th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Div) | ||||

46 | The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada | 72nd Bn, CEF (12th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Div) | Seaforths (2nd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 3rd Cdn Div |

47 | Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders | SDG Highrs (9th Inf Bde, 3rd Cdn Inf Div) | 4th Cdn Div | |

48 | The Toronto Scottish Regiment | 75th Bn, CEF (11th Inf Bde, 4th Cdn Div) | Tor Scot (2nd Cdn Div) | 4th Cdn Div |

49 | Les Voltigeurs de Québec | 2nd Cdn Div | ||

50 | The West Nova Scotia Regiment | WNSR (3rd Inf Bde, 1st Cdn Div) | 5th Cdn Div |