5th Canadian Infantry Brigade

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5th Canadian Infantry Brigade
2 Canadian Infantry Division patch.png
2nd Canadian Infantry Division Formation Patch
Active 1939–1945
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
Engagements Dieppe Raid
Normandy
The Scheldt
The Rhineland
Battle of Groningen
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Brig Gen W J Megill

The 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade was mobilized on 1 September 1939 as part of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. The brigade was formed before the declaration of World War II, and the battalions were promptly fleshed out by volunteers. Further expansion of the brigade was hindered by a temporary halt in recruitment and uncertainty about overseas deployment. Consequently, brigade headquarters were not actually formed until May / June 1940.

After the Dieppe Raid the brigade, with the 2nd Canadian Division, moved to Normandy in time to serve with the British 2nd Army. They participated in the advance along the Channel Coast with the Canadian 1st Army, including the liberation of Dieppe. The division saw heavy action in the Netherlands in late 1944, and took part in the final offensives in 1945.

Organization[edit]

In 1939, the second division was organized along regional lines, like the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. The 5th Infantry Brigade's order of battle was as follows[1]

Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade – Quebec[edit]

Second Canadian Division in the Victory Campaign 1944–1945.

Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade 1944–45[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stacey, C.P. The Canadian Army 1939–1945 (Queen's Printer, 1948)

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