Operation TUNDRA - (United Nations Emergency Force I (UNEF I))
International Operation Name: United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)
International Operation Dates: 1956/11/05 –1967/06/17
Mandating Organization: United Nations
Region Name: Middle East
Canadian Operation Name: Operation TUNDRA
Canadian Operation Dates: 1959/01
Mission Mandate: Provide a rifle company to UNEF
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.
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