2 Combat Engineer Regiment

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2 Combat Engineer Regiment
2e Régiment du Génie
Active 1977–present
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Military Engineers
Type Combat engineers
Size Four squadrons
Part of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Garrison/HQ Garrison Petawawa
Motto Ubique "Everywhere"
Abbreviation 2 CER

2 Combat Engineer Regiment is a regiment of the Canadian Military Engineers. It is located at Garrison Petawawa, and is part of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. 2 CER was redesignated from 1 Field Engineer Squadron in 1977.

It currently consists of 23 Field Squadron, 24 Field Squadron, 25 Support Squadron and 28 Administration Squadron.

Unit history[edit]

In 1903, following the Boer War, the Royal Canadian Engineers were founded as the basis for the permanent military engineers and the Canadian Engineer Corps was created as a militia unit.

One of the first tasks given to the Canadian engineers after the declaration of World War I was the construction of the Valcartier training site in Quebec. At its peak, 30,000 men were stationed there before the 1st Canadian Division was deployed.

When the 1st Canadian Division arrived in Belgium, they were accompanied by the Canadian Engineer Corps. These troops were responsible for the construction of defences, sanitation systems, water supplies, bridging, and assisting with trench raids.

The engineers, known as Sappers, were also tasked with digging tunnels underneath enemy trenches and planting explosives to destroy the trenches. These tunnels were strategic in winning the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Canadian engineers spent the early phases of World War II building camps and bases, both in Canada and abroad. Eventually, they received assault training and participated in field exercises so as to join infantry divisions as they worked through occupied Europe. The majority of their work consisted of constructing bailey bridges, clearing mines and booby traps and building communication networks and field defences in Northwestern Europe and throughout Italy.

After the Canadian Forces unified in 1968, the Royal Canadian Engineers, Royal Canadian Navy Civil Engineers and the Royal Canadian Air Force Construction Division were amalgamated. The new branch went under the name Royal Canadian Engineers until 1973 when they were renamed the Canadian Military Engineers.

2 CER is part of this history of Canadian military engineers. It provides combat engineering support to 2 CMBG.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER)". army.forces.gc.ca. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
1 Combat Engineer Regiment
2 Combat Engineer Regiment Succeeded by
4 Engineer Support Regiment

See also[edit]