6th Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars)

An armoured regiment of 5th Canadian Armoured Division and later; 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade

Battle Honours, WW II

Normandy Landing, Putot-en-Bessin, Le Mesnil-Patry, Caen, The Orne, Bourguebus Ridge, Faubourg de Vaucelles, Verrieres Ridge-Till-la Campagne, Falaise, Falaise Road, Quesnay Wood, The Laison, Chambois, Calais, 1944, The Lower Maas, The Rhineland, The Hochwald, Apeldoorn, Bad Zwischenahn, North-West Europe, 1944-1945.

Historical Sketch

The Regiment mobilized on 01 September 1939 as the 1st Hussars, C.A.S.F. On 01 March 1940 elements were detached to help form a composite unit that was intended to be the divisional cavalry regiment for 1st Canadian Division. This unit, named The First Canadian Cavalry Regiment (Mechanized), was broken up into its constituent parts on 21 June 1941. During its short existence in London, Ontario, it was composed as follows: RHQ - 1st Hussars, A Squadron - Royal Canadian Dragoons, B Squadron - Lord Strathcona’s Horse (RC), C Squadron - 1st Hussars, HQ Squadron - 1st Hussars. The Regiment was redesignated as 6th Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars) on 11 February 1941 and became the second senior armoured regiment of 1st Armoured Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division. It embarked for the United Kingdom on 13 November 1941. As a result of the re-organization of Canadian armoured formations, the Regiment became the senior regiment of 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade in early 1943, and landed in Normandy in that role.

Unit Serial and Arm of Service Flash, 1st Armoured Brigade, 1942

Formation Sign, 5th Canadian Armoured Division, 1942

Unit Serial and Arm of Service Flash, 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, 1943-45

Formation Sign, 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, 1943-45

See Also:

1st Hussars Gallantry Awards

1st Hussars Sherman VC Graphic Image

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