Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments - ARMOUR REGIMENTS
THE WINDSOR REGIMENT (RCAC)
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Two carbines in saltire muzzles upwards triggers inwards proper, surmounted by a tank Argent ensigned by the Royal Crown proper, on a scroll spanning from one carbine's stock to the other Azure edged and inscribed THE WINDSOR REGIMENT in letters Or.
The Crown represents service to the Sovereign. The tank represents the regiment's origins as an infantry tank unit. The crossed carbines are taken from the badge of the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales's Dragoon Guards) (now The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)) and represent the regiment's alliance with that unit. "THE WINDSOR REGIMENT" is a form of the regimental title.
SEMPER PARATUS (Always prepared)
My Boy Willie
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)
This Reserve Force regiment originated in Windsor, Ontario on 15 December 1936, when 'The Essex Regiment (Tank)' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '30th (Reserve) Reconnaissance Battalion (Essex Regiment)' on 27 January 1942;2 '30th (Reserve) Reconnaissance Regiment (Essex Regiment), CAC' on 8 June 1942;3 '30th (Reserve) Reconnaissance Regiment (Essex Regiment), RCAC' on 2 August 1945;4 '22nd Reconnaissance Regiment (Essex Regiment), RCAC' on 1 April 1946;5 'The Windsor Regiment (22nd Reconnaissance Regiment)' on 4 February 1949;6 'The Windsor Regiment (22nd Armoured Regiment)' on 1 October 1954;7 'The Windsor Regiment (RCAC)' on 19 May 1958;8 'The Windsor Regiment' on 19 September 1985;9 and 'The Windsor Regiment (RCAC)' on 14 August 1997.10
The Second World War
Details from the regiment were called out on active service on 28 May 1940 under the designation 'The Essex Regiment (Tank), CASF (Details)', for local protection duties.11 The regiment subsequently mobilized an armour regiment designated the '30th Reconnaissance Battalion (The Essex Regiment), CAC, CASF' for active service on 12 May 1942.12 It was redesignated the '30th Reconnaissance Regiment (The Essex Regiment), CAC, CASF' on 8 June 1942.13 It served in Canada in a home defence and training role as part of Military District No. 12.14 On 23 July 1943 it embarked for Britain where its soldiers were employed as assembly workers for unassembled vehicles arriving from Canada.15 The regiment was disbanded on 31 March 1944.16
The 7th/11th Hussars mobilized an armoured squadron designated the '2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade Headquarters Squadron (7th/11th Hussars), CASF' for active service on 27 February 1941.52 This unit embarked for Britain on 9 October 1941.53 It was disbanded on 1 January 1943 and its personnel absorbed by Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade.54
1. GO 188/36.
2. GO 60/42.
3. GO 451/42.
4. GO 275/45. The Canadian Armoured Corps was redesignated 'Royal Canadian Armoured Corps' on this date / Le « Canadian Armoured Corps » fut rebaptisé « Royal Canadian Armoured Corps » à cette date.
5. GO 116/46.
6. CAO 76-3, Part 'B', Supp Issue No. 114/49.
7. CAO 76-3, Supp Issue, Pt 'B', No. 412/54.
8. CAO 76-3, Supp Issue, Pt 'B', No. 602/58.
9. MOO 313/85, 19 Sep 85 / DMO 313/85, 19 sep 85.
10. MOO 97/101, 14 Aug 97 / DMO 97/101, 14 août 97.
11. GO 108/40.
12. GO 309/42.
13. GO 455/42.
14. Colonel C.P. Stacey, Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, Volume 1, Six Years of War (Ottawa, 1955), p. 538.
15. Document Collection 92/252, Sketch History of The Windsor Regiment (RCAC), Document Collection/Collection de documents 92/252, Box/boîte 5, Folder/chemise 9; and/et Michael R. McNorgan and Douglas A. Lock, Black Beret, A History of the Windsor Regiment (RCAC), (1991, unpublished), Chapter II, passim.
16. GO 294/44.
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