Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments - Artillery Regiments and Batteries


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This Regular Force regiment originated in Wainwright, Alberta on 10 April 1952 when the '81st Field Regiment, RCA' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated the '4th Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery' on 16 October 1953.2 It was reduced to nil strength and transferred to the Supplementary Order of Battle on 16 July 1970.5

The batteries of the 81st Field Regiment were raised as Active Force sub-units on the framework of Reserve Force batteries (205th, 213th, and 216th Field Batteries) to be used as replacements for the '79th Field Regiment, RCA', which was tasked for service in Germany with the 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group.6

Headquarters Location

Petawawa, Ontario


United Nations Operations - Korea

The 81st Field Regiment was embodied in the Canadian Army Special Force on 1 March 1953 for service in Korea.7 The regiment served in theatre from April 1953 to May 1954 as part of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, 1st Commonwealth Division.8 It ceased to be embodied within the Canadian Army Special Force on 1 November 1953.9

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1. CAO 110-2, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 283/52.

2. CAO 76-2, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 358/53.

3. CAO 220-3, 7 février 1955.

4. CAO 220-3, 17 février 1964.

5. CANCOMGEN 018/70; Message, DO 115, 211300Z Jul 70, on CFOO 1764 file.

6. SD 1 Letter No. 4237, 5 May 51.

7. CAO 76-8, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 324/53.

8. Herbert Fairlie Wood, Strange Battleground. The Operations in Korea and their Effects on the Defence Policy of Canada (Ottawa, 1966), p. 273.

9. CAO 76-8, Pt 'B', Supp Issue No. 365/53. The Armistice in Korea occurred on 27 July 1953 / L'armistice en Corée date du 27 juillet 1953.

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