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41 Canadian Brigade Group (41CBG; French: 41e Groupe-brigade du Canada) is a Canadian Forces and Canadian Army formation of the 3rd Canadian Division. The formation is composed of Primary Reserve units within the province of Alberta. The brigade headquarters is in Calgary, Alberta.

41 Canadian Brigade Group
41e Groupe-brigade du Canada
41CanadianBrigadeGroup.jpg
Brigade group badge
Active1 April 1997 – present
CountryCanada
BranchCanadian Army
TypeBrigade group
Part of3rd Canadian Division
Garrison/HQBGen Stan Waters Building, Calgary, Alberta
Motto(s)Fortune favours the bold
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Commanders
Brigade CommanderCol E. Van Weelderen, CD,
Brigade CWOCWO M. Brian Talty, CD
Abbreviation41 CBG

The brigade group is made up of approximately 1,200 soldiers. Most of the soldiers within the brigade serve on a part-time basis, and service in units their local communities. The brigade's soldiers are trained and prepared to augment and support their counterparts in the Regular Force by supporting domestic operations (natural disasters, etc.) and expeditionary international deployments, as well as supporting 3rd Canadian Division battle groups. Many soldiers from 41 CBG have gone to service in NATO and UN operations as well as the mission in Afghanistan. [1]

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HistoryEdit

In December 1941, following the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II in the Pacific, it was decided to organize a number of brigades for the defence of Canada.[2] In February 1942, one brigade was organized for each of the eleven military districts. In Alberta, it was 41st (Reserve) Brigade Group in Calgary.[1]

After World War II, the regional command system was reorganized several times. The Alberta Militia District was reformed into 41 Canadian Brigade Group on 1 April 1997. Its headquarters took over the Brigadier-General Stan Waters Building, formerly the 1 PPCLI headquarters building at CFB Calgary, after the departure of the Regular Force units to Edmonton.[1]

Brigade unitsEdit

41 Canadian Brigade Group Calgary
41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters Calgary
The South Alberta Light Horse Armoured reconnaissance Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge
The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) Armoured reconnaissance Calgary
20th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA Artillery Edmonton and Red Deer
20th Independent Field Battery, RCA Artillery Lethbridge
41 Combat Engineer Regiment Combat engineers Calgary and Edmonton
41 Signal Regiment Communications Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) Light infantry Edmonton and Yellowknife
The Calgary Highlanders Light infantry Calgary
41 Service Battalion Combat service support Calgary and Edmonton

Other unitsEdit

41 CBG is supported by several other units that provide specialist services such as medical services, military police and military intelligence. These units are not part of 41 CBG, but they do work closely with it in order to provide their services to the brigade in the field.

MedicalEdit

The brigade group closely works with two field ambulance units from the Royal Canadian Medical Service. They are:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Brigade CWO, 41 CBG". Department of National Defence/Canadian Army/41 CBG. 2 February 2012. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  2. ^ Canadian Army, About 41 Canadian Brigade Group Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, accessed October 2011