Thanks...September 18 2011 at 5:46 AM
|Bill A |
Response to Addendum to my last
Thanks Micheal, Dan, and Mark for the informative responses. My initial question needed far more focus. I was really looking for the W.E. of the CID support battalion in comparison to the W.E. of the support company of the infantry bde in the CAD's. I was confused by Bouchery's description of these in "From D-Day to VE Day, The Canadian Soldier" page 24 and I couldn't find any other source in my library.
Your responses have added much more to clarify the evolution of the support units. Mark, as usual you have provided an excellent summary of the evolution.
Some follow ups. What were the W.E. numbers of personnel in each of the support battalion and the "independent" support companies? Was the Canadian W.E. different from the British W.E.? (Circa 1943, and 1945, if the W.E. changed significantly.)These numbers were used for tenders when insignia was ordered.
Dan, you mention that there was a lot of "coming and going" for the units? My understanding, supported by Mark's reply, was that the CID MG battalions were relatively constant, but with designation changes. The Camerons of Ottawa reflected these changes in the evolution of their shoulder title, but the Sask LI and Toronto Scots didn't change their titles to reflect the evolving designations. On the other hand, the Royal Montreal Regiment MG was re-assigned a few times, until finally becoming the First Cdn Army defence sqn. Again, their shoulder titles reflected this evolution. However, the CAD support companies appear to have had a more convoluted evolution?
Again, many thanks for the information.