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

4 ENGINEER SUPPORT REGIMENT

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LINEAGE

This Regular Force regiment originated in Lahr, Germany on 17 June 1977, when '4 Combat Engineer Regiment' was authorized to be formed.1 It was redesignated: '4th Engineer Support Regiment' on 4 September 1992;3 and '4 Engineer Support Regiment' on 30 September 1993.4

Note:

4 Engineer Support Regiment's date of origin is not traced to the formation date of the '59th Independent Field Squadron, RCE' (see below) as lineage is traced from the formation of unit, not sub-unit, sized organizations, ie. regiments and battalions.

During the regiment's return from service with NATO in Germany it existed as two organizational identities, with separate designations, from 4 September 1992 to 30 September 1993.5

4 Field Engineer Squadron originated in Petawawa, Ontario on 1 August 1951, when the '59th Independent Field Squadron, RCE' was authorized to be formed.6 It was redesignated: '4th Field Squadron, RCE' on 16 October 1953;7 '4 Field Squadron' on 30 April 1958;8 and '4 Field Engineer Squadron' on 21 May 1975.9 The squadron was reorganized as a regiment and designated '4 Combat Engineer Regiment' on 17 June 1977, as above.

Notes:

The 59th Independent Field Squadron was formed as an Active Force unit to train and administer replacement personnel for the 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group for service in Germany.10 It was embodied in the Special Force on 1 March 1953 for service in Korea.11 It was removed from the Special Force on 1 November 1953.12

No lineal connection with '4th Field Engineer Squadron' embodied in the Reserve Force as a sub-unit of 3rd Field Engineer Regiment.

Headquarters Location

Gagetown, New Brunswick

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

United Nations Operations - Korea

The 59th Independent Field Squadron served in theatre from March 1953 to March 1954 as part of 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, 1st Commonwealth Division.13


1. NDHQ Message DMCO 58, 241930Z Jun 77/Message du QGDN, DMCO 58, 241930Z juin 77.

2. CFOO 12.3.4, 12 Jan 78/OOFC 12.3.4, 12 jan 78.

3. MOO 92216, 4 Sep 92/DMO 92216, 4 sep 92. This order designated the unit in French as the '4e Régiment d'appui du génie' in sub-paragraphs b. and c. and '4e Régiment de support de génie' in sub-paragraph d. The latter designation is an administrative error as subsequent orders give the former designation / Ce DMO autorisait la constitution de l'unité en français sous le nom de 4e Régiment d'appui du génie dans les sous-paragraphes b. et c. et de 4e Régiment de support de génie dans le sous-paragraphe d. La seconde désignation provenait d'une erreur administrative et les ordres subséquentes n'utilisaient que la première désignation.

4. MOO 93315, 30 Sep 93/DMO 93315, 30 Sep 93.

5. MOO 92216, 4 Sep 92/DMO 92216, 4 sep 92. This order revoked all previous orders for 4 Combat Engineer Regiment and organized the 4th Engineer Support Regiment / Ce DMO annulait tous les décrets autorisant la constitution du 4e Régiment de génie de combat et autorisait le 4e Régiment d'appui du génie; MOO 93015, 5 Feb 93/DMO 93015, 5 fév 93. This order disbanded 4 Combat Engineer Regiment with an effective date to be promulgated by the CDS / Ce DMO autorisait la dissolution du 4e Régiment de génie de combat à une date qui serait déterminée par le CEMD; MOO 93077, 19 Apr 93/DMO 93077, 19 avril 93. This order again organized 4 Combat Engineer Regiment / Ce DMO autorisait encore une fois le 4e Régiment de génie de combat; and/et MOO 93315, 30 Sep 93/DMO 93315, 30 sep 93. This order again organized 4 Engineer Support Regiment / Ce DMO autorisait encore une fois le 4e Régiment d'appui du génie.

6. CAO 110-2, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 245/51.

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

8. CAO 76-2, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 605/58. Officially, the 'RCE' was to be dropped from the Regular Force unit titles because the squadrons no longer reported to an engineer commander, however, 'RCE' continued to be used unofficially" / On cessa d'utiliser officiellement "RCE" dans les titres des unités de la Force régulière puisqu'elles n'étaient plus sous l'autorité d'un commandant ingénieur. Par contre, les escadrons continuèrent d'utiliser "RCE" de façon non-officielle - Lieutenant-Colonel K.J. Holmes, The History of the Canadian Military Engineers, Volume 3 (to 1971), p. 289, (Toronto: Military Engineering Institute of Canada, 1997).

9. DGOM Memorandum to C Prog, 1901-1774 TD 5115 (DGOM), 14 May 75; and/et NDHQ Message DOE 255, 16 Jun 75.

10. SD 1 Letter No. 4296, 13 Aug 51.

11. CAO 76-8, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 324/53.

12. CAO 76-8, Part 'B' Supp Issue No. 365/53.

13. Lieutenant-Colonel K.J. Holmes, The History of the Canadian Military Engineers, Volume 3 (to 1971), (Toronto: Military Engineering Institute of Canada, 1997), pp. 239 to 245.

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