The 4th Canadian Armoured Division landed in Normandy in July of 1944 as a reinforcement for the Allied effort in the Normandy Campaign. The composition of an armoured division differed from that of an infantry division, in that an armoured division was composed of Sherman and Churchill tanks with supporting infantry. The order of battle for such a division was as follows: 1 armoured brigade, which included 3 armoured regiments, 1 infantry brigade, also composed of 3 regiments. Artillery formations included 2 field regiments, as well as 1 anti-tank regiment and 1 light anti-aircraft regiment. Divisional troops included engineers, signalers, a reconnaissance regiment, supply/transport and medical personnel. The total strength on paper for an armoured division was 14,964 Officers and Other Ranks. This series contains the war diaries for this division in July and August, as well as the diaries of every brigade and regiment within it.
War Diaries missing from our online collection may be viewed on Library and Archives Canada’s sister site, Héritage. Their collection is organized by LAC reel numbers. To determine which reel a particular unit’s diaries are on, follow LAC’s instructions here.
4th Canadian Armoured Division Headquarters:
- 21st Armoured Regiment (The Governor General’s Foot Guards)
- 22nd Armoured Regiment (Canadian Grenadier Guards)
- 28th Armoured Regiment (The British Columbia Regiment, Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles)
- The Lake Superior Regiment
- The Lincoln & Welland Regiment
- The Algonquin Regiment
- The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s)
- 15th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
- 23rd Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
- 5th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
- 8th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment