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Canadian Intelligence Corps

Canadian Intelligence Corps

Created: 29 October 1942

Preceded by: The Corps of Guides

Replaced by: Security and Intelligence Branch of the Canadian Forces

The Canadian Intelligence Corps was an administrative corps overseeing Canadian intelligence units from 1942 up to the time of Unification.

Lineage

The Corps of Guides was formed as a corps of the Militia in 1903 and served until absorbed by The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1929.

  • Canadian Intelligence Corps created 29 October 1942

  • Redesignated The Canadian Intelligence Corps 22 March 1948

  • Title superseded 18 April 1955, officially redesignated Canadian Intelligence Corps 17 February 1964

  • Merged with Canadian Provost Corps and equivalent services of Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force to form the Security and Intelligence Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces as part of Unification on 1 February 1968

Function

To provide overseas and domestic formations with intelligence section, field security sections, and other units for intelligence and security duties.

Traditions

Regimental March: Silver and Green
Motto: Action From Knowledge

Uniforms

Coloured Field Service Cap

The corps adopted a Coloured Field Service Cap during the Second World War; all ranks wore a cap in "Melton Green No. 4" with silver piping.

Berets

The corps adopted a coloured beret after the Korean War, in midnight blue with a large green flash. The flash was not popular and was replaced in about 1956 with a dark blue forage cap with green cap band.

Rank Insignia

In 1940, coloured backings were adopted throughout the Canadian Army for officers' rank insignia. The corps adopted a green backing colour, and retained that colour until Unification, changing to a St. Edward's Crown after the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne.

Insignia

Cap Badge

The cap badge is described officially as:

Within a wreath of maple leaves surmounted by the crown, the true and magnetic north points entwined in a scroll inscribed "ACTION FROM KNOWLEDGE"; below, a scroll inscribed "CANADIAN INTELLIGENCE CORPS".1

Mazeas: S.27.

White metal, Tudor Crown, approved by General Order 187/1944. Worn until 1952.

Thompson: Q13.

White metal, St. Edward's Crown, 1952-Unification.

Thompson: Q13a.

Chromed, St. Edward's Crown, 1952-Unification.

Thompson: Q13b.

Silver, St. Edward's Crown, 1952-Unification.

Collar Badges

Collar Badges were in white metal or silver, non-mirrored. Bill Ellis collection.

Metal Shoulder Titles

Metal Shoulder Titles were in white metal, or silver for officers, measuring 3-8" high and 1-5/16" wide according to Thompson.

Buttons

Thompson lists three sizes of corps button in either white metal or silver. Smylie (Reference Number C-23) gives the dates of use as 1947-1964.

Cloth Shoulder Titles


 

It is not believed that a Slip-on Shoulder Title was produced for the CIC; the standard Battle Dress flash was white on dark green (example at left by Bill Ellis).

Notes

  1. The Regiments and Corps of the Canadian Army (Queen's Printer, Ottawa, ON, 1964) p.35


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