2 Combat Engineer Regiment
The official lineage of the 2 Combat Engineer Regiment.
Branch camp flag
This Regular Force regiment originated in Petawawa, Ontario on 17 June 1977, when '2 Combat Engineer Regiment' was authorized to be formed.Footnote 1
2 Combat Engineer Regiment's date of origin is not traced to the formation date of the '1st Field Company, RCE' (see below) as lineage is traced from the formation of unit, not sub-unit, sized organizations, ie. regiments and battalions.
1 Field Engineer Squadron originated in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 1 April 1931, when the '1st Field Company, RCE' was authorized to be formed.Footnote 3 It was redesignated: '1st Field Company (Mechanized), RCE' on 1 September 1936;Footnote 4 '1st Field Company, RCE, CASF' on 1 September 1939;Footnote 5 '23rd Field Company, RCE' on 1 March 1946;Footnote 6 and '23rd Field Squadron, RCE' on 24 December 1947.Footnote 7 The squadron was embodied in the Canadian Army Special Force and redesignated '23rd Independent Field Squadron, RCE' on 1 February 1952 (see below).Footnote 8 It was redesignated: '23rd Field Squadron, RCE' on 16 May 1953;Footnote 9 '1st Field Squadron, RCE' on 16 October 1953;Footnote 10 '1 Field Squadron' on 30 April 1958;Footnote 11 and '1 Field Engineer Squadron' on 21 May 1975.Footnote 12 The squadron was reorganized as a regiment and designated '2 Combat Engineer Regiment' on 17 June 1977, as above.
The Second World War
The 1st Field Company (Mechanized) was placed on active service on 1 September 1939 under the designation '1st Field Company, RCE, CASF' (see above). It embarked for Britain in January 1940. In June 1940 it went to France as part of the Second British Expeditionary Force, reaching a point beyond Laval before being ordered back. It landed in Sicily on 9 July 1943 and in Italy on 3 September 1943 as part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. Early in 1945 the company moved with the 1st Canadian Corps to North West Europe where it served until the end of the war. The company returned to Canada on 24 September 1945.Footnote 13
United Nations Operations - Korea
The 23rd Independent Field Squadron served in theatre from April 1952 to March 1953 as part of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, 1st Commonwealth Division.Footnote 14
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