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We present here the Canadian order of battle from 7 December 1941 on. Units that deployed as part of a higher echelon (such as brigades assigned to divisions) are not listed separately. Also, units redesignated from other units are not included. Units that saw no service in the Pacific are not included. The intent is to give a reasonable reinforcement schedule for war games.
Unit. This is the name of the unit.
Commander. This is the commander of the unit at the time of its activation. For units already active when war broke out, it is the commander of the unit on 7 December 1941. In general, we do not display commanders below flag or general rank. Ships showing a commander are the flagship of that commander.
Start. This gives the date and location of the unit's activation. For units already active when war broke out, only the location is given (at 8:00 AM on 7 December 1941, Hawaii time). If no locationis given, a unit should be assumed to be at the same location as its operational headquarters (or administrative headquarters if no operational assignment is given.) Naval headquarters are located on the flagship of their commander unless otherwise specified.
The administrative assignments in this table represent the formal
organizational structure. The table is sorted by adminstrative
assignment, such that every unit appears after the unit to which it is
Operational Assignment. The
operational assignment, if one is given,
represents temporary attachment to another unit for a single operation.
For example, an aircraft carrier might be administratively assigned to
a carrier division, but be operationally assigned to a task force for a
information about a unit, such as its manpower and equipment, where it
was raised, what its initial orders were, and how well it
performed in battle.
The order of battle tables are laid out for maximum readability by software tools while retaining some semblance of human readability. Because the complete orders of battle for the major powers are many megabytes in length, we have broken the tables up into individual sections of less than 400K to avoid difficulties with older Web browsers.
In addition to the displayed text and associated links, each unit has an HTML anchor with a unique identifier based on the unit name. For example, the entry for Western_Air_Command includes the anchor Western_Air_Command, which appears immediately before the unit name in the table. These anchors are used to cross-reference the tables but may also be of use to software tools scanning the tables.
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||W.L. Mackenzie King
||The commander-in-chief of all
Commonwealth forces was formally King George VI, but His Majesty was a
constitutional monarch with very limited powers. The political
leadership of Canasda was in the hands of the Cabinet, and King as
Prime Minister was the de
facto leader of the nation and its armed forces.
|Royal Canadian Air Force
||Most of the best Canadian air
units were deployed to Europe and do not appear in this order of battle.
|Western Air Command||Victoria||Royal Canadian Air Force||Western Air Command was a small
coastal patrol force equipped with obsolete seaplanes and flying boats.
|4 Squadron||Ucluelet||Western Air Command||12 Shark|
|6 Squadron||Alliford Bay||Western Air Command||12 Shark|
|115 Squadron||Western Air Command||12 Shark|
|120 Squadron||Western Air Command||12 Stanraer|
||Cabinet||Most of the Royal Canadian Navy
was engaged in convoy duty in the Atlantic and does not appear in this
order of battle.
|Pacific Command||Cabinet||3 CX
(7000 tons, 6" guns)
7 1170-ton corvettes
||Arrived < 1942-6
||Western Air Command||Bolingbroke
Squadron||Arrived <1942-6||Western Air Command||16 P-40 Warhawk|
||Pacific Command||Composed of 13 and 18 Brigades.
||Pacific Command||Composed of 14 and 16 Brigades.
||Western Air Command||12 P-40 Warhawk|
||Arrived 1945-1 (Ceylon)
||Royal Canadian Navy||Cruiser Squdron 4
|PF Charlottetown||Arrived 1945-6 (Victoria)||Royal Canadian Navy|
|PF Eastview||Arrived 1945-7 (Victoria)||Royal Canadian Navy|
|PF Longueuil||Arrived 1945-7 (Victoria)||Royal Canadian Navy|
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