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3rd Anti Tank RCA – Battle Dress

3rd Anti Tank RCA – Battle Dress

WW2 Canadian Battle Dress to a Captain in the 3rd Anti Tank (AT) Regiment – Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Nice jacket with original applied printed insignia. The jacket is dated 1944 and in good used condition, shows a damage on the left lower sleeve.

On D-Day, the 6th of June 1944, the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment RCA landed in France on Juno Beach as part of the Third Canadian Infantry Division. The regiment consisted of four batteries: the 4th from Peterborough, Ontario, the 52nd from Weymouth, Nova Scotia, the 94th from Quebec City and the 105th from St. George, New Brunswick, along with a headquarters from Toronto. Originally trained as field artillery, the regiment had been converted to anti-tank. Each battery had two troops of four 6-pounders anti-tank guns and one of four M 10s, the latter being Sherman tanks with a 3-inch gun and an open turret with a 50- calibre machine gun mounted on the side. The troops were identified in the batteries as follows: 4th Battery, ABC; 52nd Battery, DEF; 94th Battery, GHI, 105th Battery, JKL; with C, F, I and L being the M10 troops. The regiment was responsible for coordinating the anti-tank defences of the division, and the individual troops were generally assigned in support of an infantry battalion where they supplemented the battalion’s own 6-pounders. The troop commander worked closely with the battalion commander and anti-tank platoon commander. For D-Day the usual organization was changed to concentrate all four M10 troops under one battery commander. This provided a strong, mobile anti-tank force for the early stages of the invasion.

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Weight 2000 g

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