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3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade Group fonds
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1961, 1963-1965 (Creation)
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2.5 cm of textual records
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Following an October 1953 government announcement that all army formations would be transferred to the Active Force order of battle, the Regular Army became the largest it had ever been in peacetime. Among its components was the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade Group (3 CIBG) which, along with 2 CIBG, was training to be able to replace the German or Korean Brigade on the next rotation. 3 CIBG was under Eastern Command and had its Headquarters at Gagetown. In 1959, its regiments included the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Royal 22e Regiment and the 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. In 1961, NATO build up increased. In addition to Canada's NATO Brigade, 4 CIBG, and its reinforcements, the Army planned for the deployment of another brigade group if things got serious enough prior to an outbreak of hostilities. 3 CIBG was selected to be the contingency brigade group, made up of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; 1st Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment; 1st Battalion; 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry; and 3rd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment. Upon the creation of Mobile Command in 1965, 3 CIBG in Gagetown remained tasked to back up 4 CIBG and was equipped and trained to conduct mechanized warfare.
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Fonds consists of four reports on Summer Concentration of 3 CIBG for the years 1961, 1963, 1964, and 1965.
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The following entries in the Document Collection are found under Canadian Infantry Brigade Group, 3:
73/1282: 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group. 29 Jul 1962. Report on logistic support group trial, 1962. Restricted.
80/357: 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group. 20 Dec 1967. User trial No 7/67, Field Rainwear.
As well, there are approximately 10 entries on 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in the Kardex collection.
At the National Archives of Canada, the Directorate of History and Heritage Series of the Department on National Defence contains a sub-series of Kardex system files (R112-104-3-E). Among these, of particular interest, is the 3 CIBG Summer Concentration report, 1960 [260C3 .003 (D4)] and 3 CIBG Regulations and Orders [260C3 .003 (D1)].
Of interest as well is the Headquarters, 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group and Signal Squadron, Gagetown Series of the Department of National Defence fonds (R112-428-7-E).
Further accruals are not expected.