Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments - Artillery Regiments and Batteries
40TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, RCA
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This Reserve Force regiment originated in Kenora, Ontario on 15 December 1936 when the '7th Medium Brigade, RCA' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '7th (Reserve) Medium Brigade, RCA' on 7 November 1940;2 '7th (Reserve) Medium Regiment, RCA' on 1 February 1943;3 '40th Medium Regiment, RCA' on 1 April 1946;4 '40th Medium Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 12 April 1960;5 and '40th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA' on 19 March 1965.6 It was reduced to nil strength on 1 January 1981.7
1. GO 192/36.
2. GO 273/40.
3. GO 122/43.
4. GO 116/46.
5. CAO 76-3, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 670/60.
6. SD 1 Letter No. 64/62; and/et Message, CENCOM, A 2989, 012015Z Nov 65.
7. SD 1 Letter No. 64/62; Message, CENCOM, A 2989, 012015Z Nov 65; Canadian Reserve Forces Command and Location List, 1st Edition, 1st April 1966, Kardex 168.009 (D175); 40th Field Artillery Regiment's AHR file, 1326-0309/40; Page 3 to CFOO 70/27, 17 September 1970; and/et 116th Independent Field Battery's AHR file/, 1326-05249. The regiment remains on the Reserve Force order of battle as it was never disbanded or transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle. In lieu of complete documentation, the 'official' effective date of reduction to nil strength is the date on which the remaining battery of the regiment (see the 116th Independent Field Battery, RCA chart in Section 3 to this chapter) was given independent sub-unit status / Le régiment demeure sur l'Ordre de bataille de la Force de réserve puisqu'il ne fut jamais dissous ou transféré à l'Ordre supplémentaire de la bataille. Au lieu d'une documentation complète, la date officielle de réduction à des effectifs nuls est celle selon laquelle le restant de la batterie du régiment (voir la charte du « 116th Independent Field Battery, RCA » dans la section 3 de ce chapitre) obtenait un statut en tant que sous-unité indépendante.
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