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Canadian Order of Battle

Note: The order of battle pages in the Pacific War Online Encyclopedia are still under construction.

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.

Tabulated information

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.

Administrative Assignment. 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 administratively assigned.

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 particular mission.

Notes. Miscellaneous 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.

Organization of the tables

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.

We are considering offering the complete orders of battle as SQL files or as C++ code. Users of the Encyclopedia who desire these or other formats may write to trollingshallows@msn.com and make their desires know.

The order of battle

Unit
Commander
Start
Administrative
Assignment
Operational
Assignment
Notes
Cabinet
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
L.S. Breadner

Cabinet

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
Royal Canadian Navy      
P.W. Nelles

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
12 AMc
8 Squadron

Arrived < 1942-6
Western Air Command
Bolingbroke
111 Squadron

Arrived <1942-6
Western Air Command
16 P-40 Warhawk
6 Division

Arrived <1943-4
Pacific Command
Composed of 13 and 18 Brigades.
8 Division

Arrived <1943-4
Pacific Command
Composed of 14 and 16 Brigades.
14 Squadron

Arrived <1943-5
Western Air Command
12 P-40 Warhawk
CL Uganda

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


References

Ellis (1993)

Willmott (1982)



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