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Old 09-08-18, 01:04 PM
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Default 13th Canadian Infantry Brigade taking part in Operation Cottage,

Infantrymen of the 13th Canadian Infantry Brigade taking part in Operation Cottage, the invasion of Kiska, British Columbia, July 1943.
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August 1943 at Kiska.
9th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
19th Field Regiment
20th Field Regiment (shared with the 7th Canadian Infantry Division)
21st Field Regiment
24th Field Regiment (shared with the 7th Canadian Infantry Division)
25th Field Regiment

13th Canadian Infantry Brigade:
1st Battalion, The Canadian Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
1st Battalion, The Winnipeg Grenadiers
1st Battalion, The Rocky Mountain Rangers
1st Battalion, Le Régiment de Hull
46th Light AA Battery, RCA
24th Field Company, RCE
"C" Company, 1st Battalion, The Saint John Fusiliers (Machine Gun)

Canadian Armoured Corps:
31st (Alberta) Reconnaissance Battalion.

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I'm curious as to what the badge is above the Corporal's stripes. It's a strange location for a trades badge, if that's what it is. I like the American pattern webbing and boots.

Can it be determined by the flash from which regiment the troops originate?

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Old 11-08-18, 11:12 AM
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Hi Dan, the badge is "T" for a qualified tradesman. The history of trade and skill at arms badges by the Canadian army during the Second WW, is to say the least convoluted. The T wreath was classed as trades more difficult to learn than the plain "T" but less difficult than the "T" wreath and crown.
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Never heard of Kiska!

Just googled it and its fascinating WW2 history.

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There was some unique insignia worn for Kiska. The Task Force 9 patch, commonly called the Kiska patch was issued for the participating units. These were made in an unusual printed material and a fully embroidered pattern. Elements of the Canadian contingent, part of Greenlight Force, wore the Pacific Command formation sign, with a small yellow star. Other components wore the 7 Cdn Division signs. The Canadian Fusiliers were issued black berets for the operation.
When the Canadians returned from Kiska they were ordered to remove the Kiska patch.
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The members of the Regiment de Hull also wore the black beret.This private,Jean-Noël Croteau became a well-known televison artist in french-speaking Québec.





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Can it be determined by the flash from which regiment the troops originate?

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Some of them are wearing the abbreviated "RC SIGNALS" - Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.
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Yes, and they were "hot off the presses" so to speak. Initially the RC Sigs titles had read RCCS. But, it was pointed out that the abbreviation was incorrect. The new abbreviated pattern were issued starting in early 1943.
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The members of the Regiment de Hull also wore the black beret.This private,Jean-Noël Croteau became a well-known televison artist in french-speaking Québec.
Nice dagger on the lapel and lanyard. I'm thinking these were added for the purposes of the photograph by the subject.

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Some of them are wearing the abbreviated "RC SIGNALS" - Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.
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Yes, and they were "hot off the presses" so to speak. Initially the RC Sigs titles had read RCCS. But, it was pointed out that the abbreviation was incorrect. The new abbreviated pattern were issued starting in early 1943.
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