CWAC Summer Weight Cap – 1942
Nice WW2 Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) cap to be worn with the lightweight summer service dress uniform. Made by Principal Hat & Cap from Montreal. Dated 1942 in size 7 3/8. Complete with CWAC capbadge. The cap is in very good condition!
The Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) was authorized on August 13, 1941, in response to a shortage of personnel caused by male involvement in the armed forces. The creation of the unit was the work of Mrs. Joan Kennedy, who faced opposition from conventional male military authorities. In 1941, the organization was named the Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Corps but was not officially part of the armed forces. On March 13, 1942, the women volunteers were officially integrated into the Canadian Army and became the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. They wore a regulation uniform and a cap badge consisting of three maple leaves and a collar badge representing the goddess Athena.
The CWACs served overseas, first in 1942 in Washington, D.C., and then in the United Kingdom. In 1944, CWAC’s also served in Italy and in 1945 in northwestern Europe. After victory in Europe, some served with the Canadian occupation forces in Germany. Approximately 3,000 Canadian volunteers enlisted to serve their country’s forces.
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