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Canadian manufactured battledress with insignia to the 2nd Canadian Corps. The tunic is in good used condition, shows normal traces of usage. The tunic bears printed/canvas Corps patches with embroidered CANADA titles. The right side shows a bit more usage and discoloration on the insignia, could be worn by a vehicle driver! Nicely maker marked, dated 1945 with size 11.
The 2nd Canadian Corps was a corps-level formation that, along with 1st British Corps and 1st Canadian Corps comprised the First Canadian Army in Northwest Europe during World War II.
The commander of 2nd Canadian Corps was Lieutenant-General Ernest William Sansom. Concerns over his leadership abilities and health caused Sansom to be replaced by Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds on January 29, 1944. Simonds led the Corps for the remainder of its existence. On May 5, 1945, at Bad Zwischenahn in Northern Germany, Simonds accepted the surrender of German forces facing 2nd Canadian Corps at the end of the war. The Corps was deactivated on June 25, 1945 as part of general demobilization.
2nd Canadian Corps opened its first tactical headquarters in Normandy at Amblie on June 29, 1944. The headquarters became fully operational on July 7 as the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division began to arrive in France. This first division was soon joined by the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade, which had participated earlier in the Normandy landings and in Operation WINDSOR as part of 1st British Corps. The 4th Canadian Armoured Division was the third Canadian division-level component of the Corps. Finally, for most of the campaign through Northwest Europe the Corps also included Polish 1st Armoured Division.
Although nominally a Canadian formation, II Canadian Corps contained significant contributions at different times from other Allied countries. In addition to the 1st Polish Armoured Division, the Corps included the 1st Belgian Infantry Brigade, the Royal Netherlands Motorized Infantry Brigade, and the 51st Highland Infantry Division.
Operation ATLANTIC, crossing the Orne River and unsuccessful attempt to capture Verrières Ridge, area south of Caen, July 18–21, 1944
Operation SPRING, assault against Verrières Ridge, July 25–28, 1944
Operation TOTALIZE, capture of Verrières Ridge and advance towards Falaise, Normandy, August 8–13, 1944
Operation TRACTABLE, capture of Falaise, Normandy, August 14–21, 1944
Advance up to and then across the River Seine at Elbeuf and Rouen, Aug. 23-28, 1944
Liberation of Dieppe, abandoned by the retreating German Army, Sept. 1, 1944
Investment of Dunkirk as the initial part of the 8-month-long siege of that port city, Sept. 7-18, 1944
Liberation of Ostend, Sept. 9, 1944
Liberation of Bruges, Sept. 12, 1944
Operation WELLHIT, capture of Boulogne, September 17–22, 1944
Operation UNDERGO, capture of Calais and the heavy batteries at Cap Gris Nez, September 25–30, 1944
Operation SWITCHBACK, clearing area north of the Albert Canal, Belgium, October 6 to November 3, 1944
Operation VITALITY, South Beveland peninsula and Walcheren Island, the Netherlands, October 24 to November 3, 1944
Operation INFATUATE I, South Beveland, October 26, 1944
Operation VERITABLE, Reichwald Forest, Germany, February 8 to March 11, 1945
Operation BLOCKBUSTER, Hochwald and the capture of Xanten on the Rhine River, Germany, February 23 to March 3, 1945
Battle of Friesland, April 13-14 1945
Battle of Groningen, northern Netherlands, April 14–18, 1945
Operation DUCK, crossing of the Ems River and the capture of Leer, April 28 to May 4, 1945
Capture of Oldenburg, April 25 to May 4, 1945