The South Alberta Light Horse In WWII

The Regiment entered World War 2 in 1939 under the 15th Alberta Light Horse and the #1st Alberta Reconnaissance Battalion. Though their names were later changed, it was these two units that served to perpetuate the lineage. The 15th Alberta Light Horse had recruited for the 31st Alberta Reconnaissance Battalion for active duty and was later incorporated into the unit in 1942 and remained in the Calgary area until 1945. The Alberta Regiment which had changed to the South Alberta Regiment recruited an active force of the same name in the Medicine Hat area in 1940. This infantry unit trained in the area until 1942 when it was re-designated a tank unit and renamed the 29th Armoured Regiment. It was moved to England in August of the same year.

The SAR

The Regiment's participation in World War II, from which it emerged with 15 more Battle Honours, can be attributed mainly to the action of the 29th Armoured Regiment.

SAR receives their tanks video

St. Lambert-sur-Dives combat footage

This unit was designated as divisional Reconnaissance (29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment) and chosen by Maj-Gen Worthington to be his recce because he wanted "keen-eyed prairie men" as his scouts. The 29th was again converted to tanks in 1944 and sent to France in July of that year. It fought through Belgium, Netherlands and Germany until May 1945. Of particular note is the fact that Major David Currie won the Commonwealth's highest military award for bravery, the Victoria Cross while serving in France during the battle to close the Falaise gap.

 

A number of videos of the regiment are available as well as a number of interviews with veterns.  They are presented here for your viewing:

 

Danny McLeod, liberator Bergen op Zoom :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZLgyiB4NOk

 

South Alberta Regiment Tank Training : video of the South Alberta Regiment ; in the first part the South Alberta Regiment are inspected…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTTCoMt1tGU

 

South Alberta Regiment at St-Lambert-sur-Dives : original footage shot by the Film Unit of Major Currie and the South Alberta Regiment winning the Victoria Cross.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdgsVDS99go

 

South Alberta Regiment Tank Training : the South Alberta’s receive their first Ram tanks and conduct driver training before shipping over (circa 1941).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO5VrP3gcmI&feature=endscreen&NR=1

 

South Alberta Regiment Bren Training : S.A.R. conducting Bren Gun Carrier Training in Canada (circa 1941).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=hViGIRug0MA&NR=1

 

Bloody Victory: Pushing Forward

- part 1 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgcs2kvY3eM

- part 2 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctxj-Ctut4Y

- part 3 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHHDdjiaWUg

- part 4 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpUGB_wPneA

- part 5 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM9iOWRHtp8

 

The battle of the Falaise Pocket, fought during the Second World War from 12 to 21 August 1944, was the decisive engagement of the Battle of Normandy. Taking its name from the pocket around the town of Falaise within which Army Group B, consisting of the German Seventh Army and the Fifth Panzer Army became encircled by the advancing Western Allies, the battle is also referred to as the battle of the Falaise Gap after the corridor which the Germans sought to maintain to allow their escape. The battle resulted in the destruction of the bulk of Germany's forces west of the River Seine and opened the way to Paris and the German border.

- part 1 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30APC7MGVPI

- part 2 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DENzLFnzDn8

- part 3 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-4v0lEcN3E

- part 4 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zbRZidXC5s

- part 5 -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmeg58Ga6Kc



The medals and awards the South Alberta Regiment amassed was stunning. A full walk through is presented here.

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An extensive presentation of the South Alberta Regiment's history is available here.

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31 Recce Btn

Meanwhile the 31st Reconnaissance Battalion had served in the Calgary area until January 1945 when it was shipped to England. It was disbanded a month later and fed as reinforcements to different Canadian Units.