Glossary - D
Departure Assistance Group
(DAG) - an administrative organization set up by a unit or base to
assist members preparing to deploy for a mission, set up just prior to
the actual departure. The term "DAG" was sometimes used as a verb,
indicating the actual process of preparing to deploy. The term was
sometimes modified with traffic signal nomenclature to refer to
individuals, as follows:
- DAG Green indicated an
individual soldier was ready to deploy.
- DAG Yellow indicated an
individual soldier had encountered an encumbrance to deploying, but
that the problem could be remedied in time to permit a change in
status to green.
- DAG Red indicated a
problem preventing a soldier from deploying, such as an adverse
medical report, family trouble, etc.
Division - a large
military formation usually consisting of ten to fifteen thousand
soldiers. In the Canadian Army, a division was made up of brigades and
two or more divisions were grouped into a Corps. A division was
generally commanded by a major general.
division raised by Canada was the first contingent of the Canadian
Expeditionary Force in the First World War. Known initially as the
"Canadian Division", this formation went into action in France and
Flanders in April 1915, and when joined by a second contingent that
summer was redesignated the First Canadian Division. Five divisions
eventually went to Europe in World War One, with four seeing action as
part of the Canadian Corps. The fifth division was broken up for
reinforcements, and the four fighting divisions were disbanded in 1919.
In the Second
World War, Canada raised five divisions once again for overseas service,
and organized three divisions for home defence in Canada. Additionally,
a division was organized for the Canadian Army Occupation Force which
stayed in Germany after their surrender in 1945, and a sixth combat
division was raised in 1945 for service in the projected invasion of
Japan as the Canadian Army Pacific Force, but was disbanded after the
dropping of the atomic bombs before it was at full strength.
- 1st Canadian Infantry
- 2nd Canadian Infantry
- 3rd Canadian Infantry
- 3rd Canadian Infantry
- 4th Canadian (Armoured)
- 5th Canadian (Armoured)
- 6th Canadian Division
- 6th Canadian Division,
- 7th Canadian Division
- 8th Canadian Division
A First Canadian Division
Headquarters (later renamed First Division) was authorized in April
1946, but remained dormant until formally disbanded in July 1954.
Simultaneously, however, another "Headquarters, First Canadian Infantry
Division" was authorized as part of the Canadian Army Active Force, in
October 1953. This, the first peace-time Division in Canadian history,
consisted of a brigade in Germany, one in Edmonton and one at Valcartier.
This Division was disbanded in April 1958.
The 1st Canadian Division
was reactivated in 1988, with a divisional headquarters remaining active
in Kingston, Ontario, though divisional level training was never
conducted with troops in the field.
Canadian troops on occasion
were attached to foreign divisions, notable examples are:
Second World War
- 6th British Airborne
Division - to which the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was assigned.
- 79th British Armoured
Division - to which the 1st Canadian Armoured Personnel Carrier
Regiment was assigned.
- 1st Commonwealth Division
- to which the 25th Canadian Brigade was assigned.