Battledress RCE - 2nd Canadian Infantery Division - JM Militaria

Battledress RCE - 2nd Canadian Infantry Division

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This is a battledress to a Sergeant within the Royal Canadian Engineers - 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. The tunic is in good used condition, shows normal usage. The tunic has some moth damage (small holes and both RCE titles). The tunic bears printed/canvas division patches with embroidered Sergeant chevrons, overseas stripes and RCE shoulder titles. Medal bar present. Nicely maker marked, dated 1943 with a big size 13. 

The 2nd Canadian Infantry Division was mobilized for war service on 1 September 1939 at the outset of World War II. With questions concerning overseas deployment resolved, the division's respective commands were formed in May and June 1940, and at British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's request, the division was deployed to the United Kingdom between 1 August and 25 December 1940, forming part of the Canadian Corps.

Having performed well in training exercises during 1941 and early 1942, elements of the 2nd Division were selected as the main force for Operation Jubilee, a large-scale amphibious raid on the port of Dieppe in German-occupied France. On 19 August 1942, with air and naval gunfire support, the division's 4th and 6th Infantry Brigades assaulted Dieppe's beaches. The Germans were well prepared and, despite being reinforced, the Canadians sustained heavy losses and had to be evacuated, with fewer than half their number returning to the United Kingdom.

Following a period of reconstruction and retraining from 1942 to 1944, the division joined II Canadian Corps as part of the British Second Army for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The 2nd Division saw significant action from 20 July to 21 August in the battles for Caen and Falaise. Joining the newly activated headquarters of the First Canadian Army in the assault on northwestern Europe, the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division played a significant role in the retaking of the Channel Ports, the Battle of the Scheldt, and the liberation of the Netherlands. The division was deactivated shortly after the end of the war.

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