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12e Régiment Blindé du Canada

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Royal Canadian Dragoons
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Saskatchewan Dragoons
Sherbrooke Regiment
South Alberta Light Horse
Strathcona's Horse
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Windsor Regiment

Infantry Regiments 1900-1919
Dawson Rifles
GGFG
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Infantry Regiments 1920-2000
1st British Columbia Regiment
1st BC Regt (D. of Conn.'s Own)
Algonquin Regiment
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Black Watch (RHR) of Canada
BC Regt (D. of Conn's Own Rifles)
Calgary Highlanders
Calgary Regiment
Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
Canadian Airborne Regiment
Canadian Scottish Regiment
 Canadian Fusiliers (C of L Regt)
Canadian Guards
Canadian Grenadier Guards
Cape Breton Highlanders
Carleton and York Regiment
Elgin Regiment
Essex Scottish
Essex & Kent Scottish
 Fusiliers de Sherbrooke
Fusiliers Mont Royal
Fusiliers du St. Laurent
48th Highlanders of Canada
Gov Gen Foot Guards
Grey & Simcoe Foresters
Halifax Rifles
Hastings and Prince Edward Regt
Highland Fusiliers of Canada
Highland Light Infantry of Canada
Irish Fusiliers
Irish Fusiliers of Can (Vancouver R.)
Irish Regiment
Irish Regiment of Canada
Kent Regiment
King's Own Rifles of Canada
Lake Superior Regiment
Lincoln and Welland Regiment
Loyal Edmonton Regiment
Lorne Scots
Midland Regiment
Mississauga Regiment
New Brunswick Rangers
New Brunswick Scottish
North Nova Scotia Highlanders
North Shore (New Brunswick) Regt
North Waterloo Regiment
Oxford Rifles
Perth Regiment
Peterborough Rangers
Pictou Highlanders
PPCLI
Prince Albert and Battleford Voltrs
Princess Louise Fusiliers (MG)
Prince Rupert Regiment
Princess of Wales' Own Regiment
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
Queen's Rangers (1st Am. Regt.)
Queen's York Rangers (1st Am. R.)
 Régiment de la Chaudière
 Régiment de Chateauguay
Régiment de Levis
 Régiment de Maisonneuve
Régiment de Montmagmy
 Régiment de Saguenay
Régiment de St. Hyacinthe
 Régiment de Québec
Regina Rifle Regiment
Rocky Mountain Rangers
Royal 22e Regt
Royal Canadian Regiment
Royal Highlanders of Canada
Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada
Royal Regiment of Canada
Royal Regina Rifles
Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
Royal Montreal Regiment
Royal New Brunswick Regiment
Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Royal Rifles of Canada
Royal Scots of Canada
Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Saskatoon Light Infantry
Scots Fusiliers of Canada
S, D and G Highlanders
Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
South Alberta Regiment
South New Brunswick Regiment
South Saskatchewan Regiment
Toronto Regiment
Toronto Scottish Regiment
Vancouver Regiment
Victoria Rifles of Canada
Voltigeurs de Quebec
Waterloo Regiment
Westminster Regiment
West Nova Scotia Regiment
West Toronto Regiment
Winnipeg Grenadiers
Winnipeg Light Infantry
York Rangers
 Yukon Regiment

12th Manitoba Dragoons

The 12th Manitoba Dragoons was a regiment of cavalry formed in the Canadian Army as part of the Militia; it later converted to armour and eventually was placed on the Supplementary Order of Battle.

Lineage

  • Five independent mounted rifles squadrons (two that had previously comprised "The Manitoba Dragoons" until 1 June 1901 and three additional squadrons authorized on 1 June 1901 amalgamated to form the 12th Manitoba Dragoons on 1 July 19031

  • Amalgamated with The Border Horse on 31 January 1935 with no change in designation

  • Redesignated 18th Armoured Car Regiment (12th Dragoons) 1 April 1946

  • Redesignated 12th Manitoba Dragoons (18th Armoured Car Regiment) 1 October 1954

  • Redesignated The Manitoba Dragoons 19 May 1958

12th Manitoba Dragoons

Headquarters: Virden, MB
Predecessor: The Manitoba Dragoons
Perpetuates: 95th Battalion, Manitoba Grenadiers 1885-1892 and 6th and 32nd Battalions, CEF
Raised: 1 July 1903
To Supplementary Order of Battle: 31 December 1964


History

 

Answering a call for "a Battalion at Winnipeg" to be formed during the 1885 rebellion, the 95th Battalion Manitoba Grenadiers was mobilized for active service on 10 April 1885. The battalion served in the Alberta Column of the North West Field Force, and was removed from active service on 18 September 1885, being retained on the Non- Permanent Active Militia order of battle. The battalion was subsequently redesignated: '95th "Winnipeg Battalion of Infantry"' on 2 April 1886 and '95th Battalion Manitoba Grenadiers' on 21 May 1886 before being disbanded on 19 August 1892. Two independent companies remained, and No. 2 Company became one of the original squadrons of the 12th Manitoba Dragoons.

 

An earlier unit known as "The Manitoba Dragoons" formed in April 1893, from a company of the former Winnipeg Battalion of Infantry and the former 91st Battalion Manitoba Light Infantry. That regiment disbanded on 1 June 1901, but is considered an official descendant unit.2

 

The Regiment contributed volunteers for the South African War (1899-1902), and the 12th Manitoba Dragoons contributed to the 6th Battalion on its formation at the start of the First World War.2 The 6th Battalion formed the nucleus of the Remount Depot overseas, and was largely absorbed by the Canadian Cavalry Depot to provide reinforcements. The 32nd Battalion was redesignated a Resver Battalion and used to provided reinforcements.

 

On 1 November 1920, the 12th Manitoba Dragoons were organized as a two regiment unit. The 1st Regiment was placed on the Non Permanent Active Militia (NPAM) order of battle, and the 2nd Regiment on the Reserve order of battle. On 1 January 1929, the 1st Regiment was redesignated the 1st Regiment (32nd Battalion, CEF)

 

The 12th Manitoba Dragoons were disbanded for the purpose of reorganization on 15 May 1921 and reorganized the same day (GO 200/21). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the regiment.

 

On 16 March 1932, the regiment was authorized to perpetuate the '95th Battalion, Manitoba Grenadiers'.

 

The 12th Manitoba Dragoons were disbanded again for the purpose of amalgamation on 31 January 1935 and reorganized the same day (GO 30/35). This change was administrative and does not affect the lineage of the regiment.

 

On 31 January 1935, the 1st Regiment was redesignated the 1st Regiment (6th Battalion, CEF) (GO 117/35). The reserve unit was disbanded on 14 December 1936.

 

Second World War

 

The regiment mobilized the '18th (Manitoba) Reconnaissance Battalion, CAC, CASF' for active service on 10 May 1941. The unit was redesignated as '18th (Manitoba) Armoured Car Regiment, CAC, CASF' on 26 January 1942, then as '18th Armoured Car Regiment (12th Manitoba Dragoons), CAC, CASF', on 16 December 1942; and finally '18th Armoured Car Regiment (12th Manitoba Dragoons), RCAC, CASF' on 2 August 1945.

 

The unit embarked for the United Kingdom on 19 August 1942 where it trained for its role as a reconnaissance unit. On 8 and 9 July 1944 it landed in Normandy as the corps-level armoured car unit of II Canadian Corps. The unit fought throughout the North-West Europe campaign to the end of the war. The overseas regiment was disbanded on 31 January 1946.

 

Battle Honours

 

North West Canada, 1885
Ypres, 1915
Mount Sorrel
Cambrai, 1917
Hindenburg Line
Falaise
The Laison
The Rhineland
South Africa, 1900
Festubert, 1915
Somme, 1916, '18
Amiens
Pursuit to Mons
Falaise Road
Chambois
Bad Zwischenahn
North-West Europe, 1944-1945

 

Insignia


Cap Badge
 

The badge is officially described as:


A bison Or preparing to charge across a plain Vert set with the Roman numerals "XII" Argent all above a scroll Gules edged and inscribed MANITOBA DRAGOONS in letters Argent.

 

Symbolism

The bison is a symbol of Manitoba and the regimental tradition has it charging across the plain ready for combat. The Roman numerals "XII" and the words "MANITOBA DRAGOONS" are a form of the regimental title.
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References

  1. The five independent squadrons of Canadian Mounted Rifles had been originally authorized on the following dates: 'A Squadron' at Virden (No. 2 Company, Winnipeg Battalion of Infantry' ('B Squadron, Canadian Mounted Rifles'), 10 April 1885), 'B Squadron' at Souris (No. 6 Company, 91st Battalion Manitoba Light Infantry ('C Squadron, Canadian Mounted Rifles'), 4 January 1889), 'C Squadron' at Portage la Prairie (D Squadron, Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1 June 1901), 'D Squadron' at Minnedosa (E Squadron, Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1 June 1901), and 'E Squadron' at Brandon (F Squadron, Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1 June 1901) according to A-AD-267-000/AF-003 Volume 3, Part 1: Armour, Artillery and Field Engineer Regiments - ARMOUR REGIMENTS accessed online at http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/his/ol-lo/vol-tom-3/par1/arm-bli/12MD-eng.asp

  2. The Regiments and Corps of the Canadian Army (Queen's Printer, Ottawa, ON, 1964) , pp.87-88

  3. A-AD-267-000/AF-003 Volume 3, Part 1, ibid. Note that Regiments and Corps correctly indicates that regiment perpetuated the 6th Battalion, but then discusses the 5th Battalion in the operational history.

 

 

 


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