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bleu d'horizon

January 9 2011 at 6:08 AM
Bill A 

Response to Well, now that makes sense

The colour bleu d'horizon refers to the colour of the French uniforms as worn in the First World War, hence the term French gray. 3 Division, Canadian Corps, used that colour as its formation patch in the First World War, and as Clive Law's Distinguishing Patches indicates, it was revived and used again in the Second World War. As Clive pointed out in his post on the B&CMBF, the scheme of colours for patches was repeated for different levels of formations. So, the red, blue, gray (French gray), green, purple (maroon in the Second World War) were the division colours, which were repeated for the armoured brigades, red (with black) for 1 CAB, blue for 2 CAB and gray for 3 CAB. The same, repeated for the Corps, red for 1 Cdn Corps, blue for 2 Cdn Corps, and in Canada, gray for Atlantic command (diamond shape formation patch) and green for Pacific Command. These two commands, while not exactly corps, were at a similar level of organization as the overseas corps. Note: The red and blue of First Canadian Army were representative of the two corps.
Amazing how a uniform question can weave its way into the organizational history of the Canadian army.

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