Canadian Special Air Service Company
|Canadian Special Air Service Company|
|Major Guy D'Artois|
As opposed to a purely military function, the Canadian SAS was originally given functions of airborne firefighting, search and rescue and aid to the civil powers. However once officially sanctioned, the SAS was assigned the functions of being initially a parachute company but able to be the cadre of up to three parachute battalions, provide demonstrations of their capabilities throughout the nation, and "preserve and advance the techniques of SAS (Commando) operations developed during World War II".
Appointed as the first commander of the unit was Major Lionel Guy d'Artois a savate instructor who served in World War II with the First Special Service Force and Special Operations Executive in France.
The Company was formed as a standard infantry company with a company headquarters and three platoons; a fourth "services" platoon added in 1948. The unit had no distinctive insignia.
The Canadian SAS carried on in its mission of providing the nucleus of an airborne battalion that became the Mobile Striking Force in 1949, replacing the SAS.
- Horn, Bernd, Wyczynski, Michel & Chagas, Carlos Canadian Airborne Forces Since 1942 2006 Osprey Publishing, pp.17-18
- p.75 Skaarup, Harold R. Out of Darkness--Light:A History of Canadian Military Intelligence 2005 iUniverse
- p.20Horn, Wyczynski & Chagas