Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation TUNDRA

CF Overseas Operations have most often operated within the construct of an international mandate. As such, the International Information is presented first in order to provide the context of the Canadian Operation (displayed second). Eventually, all rotations associated with the particular Canadian operation will also be displayed.

International Information

International Operation Name: United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)

International Mission Name: United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)

Mandating Organization: United Nations

Region Name: Middle East

Mission Date: 5 November 1956 - 17 June 1967

Canadian Operation: Operation TUNDRA

Canadian Mission Date: January 1959

Mission Notes:

In 1956 United Nations Emergency Force was created, with contingents being provided from ten nations. Finland and Indonesia committed troops for a limited period, which resulted in the withdrawal of these personnel in December and September 1957 respectively. In December 1958, Colombia withdrew its contingent, creating a shortage of personnel to perform the required tasks. The United Nations began the process of finding replacement troops, asking Canada for a contribution of one rifle company. The name for this reinforcement of Canada’s contribution to UNEF was Op TUNDRA.

On 28 January 1958, a meeting chaired by the Army’s Director General Plans and Operations was held in Ottawa. The Chief of the General Staff had directed that the rifle company be drawn from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. The plan called for 150 to deploy if Cabinet approved the commitment. In the end, cabinet did not approve the request and no members of 2 RCR deployed.