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Old 06-06-10, 23:57
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If anyone could provide links or personal knowledge on the cape breton highlanders (2NSH) and there part in WWII such as missions or regiments they may have been part of it would help me greatly. I would like to know as much as I can about the local unit.
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If anyone could provide links or personal knowledge on the cape breton highlanders (2NSH) and there part in WWII such as missions or regiments they may have been part of it would help me greatly. I would like to know as much as I can about the local unit.
Hi Richard;

In brief, The Cape Breton Highlanders from 1 September 1939 to 2 April 1946:

1.) Canadian Active Service Force (CASF) and Canadian Army (Active) (CA(A)) component:

- Serial 357 - The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.A.S.F. (Details) were Called Out on Active Service under the authority of General Order Number 135 of 1939, effective 1 September 1939 in Military District No. 6 for the purpose of (a) Manning Coastal and Anti-Aircraft Defences; and (b) providing guards for vulnerable points and were disbanded under the authority of General Order Number 44 of 1941, effective 31 December 1940.

- Serial 357 - The Cape Breton Highlanders were Called Out on and placed on Active Service under the authority of General Order Number 44 of 1941, effective 1 January 1941.

- Serial 357 - The Cape Breton Highlanders became a component of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division Support Group under the authority of General Order Number 135 of 1941, effective 5 June 1941. On 3 September 1942, The Cape Breton Highlanders were allocated to the Canadian Infantry Corps as Serial 357 - 1st Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.I.C., under the authority of General Order Number 485 of 1942, effective 3 September 1942.

- Effective 1 January 1943, Serial 357 - 1st Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.I.C., became a component battalion of the 11th Infantry Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division under the authority of General Order Number 282 of 1943. Serial 357 - 1st Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.I.C. served under command of Headquarters, 11th Infantry Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division from 1 January 1943 until 3 December 1945. Serial 357 - 1st Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.I.C. was disbanded under the authority of General Order Number 111 of 1946, effective 15 February 1946.

2.) Non-Permanent Active Militia (NPAM) and Canadian Army (Reserve) (CA(R)) component:

- The Cape Breton Highlanders (Details) of the Non-Permanent Active Militia were Called Out on Service in Military District No. 6 under authority of General Order Number 124 of 1939, effective 26 August 1939 for the purpose of (a) Manning Coastal and Anti-Aircraft Defences; and (b) providing guards for vulnerable points within Military District No. 6. Under the authority of General Order Number 135 of 1939, effective 1 September 1939, The Cape Breton Highlanders (Details) of the Non-Permanent Active Militia were placed on Active Service as Serial 357 - The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.A.S.F. (Details) (SEE ABOVE).

- On 1 September 1939, The Cape Breton Highlanders of the Non-Permanent Active Militia were under command of Headquarters, 18th Infantry Brigade (Halifax, NS) with the battalion’s sub-units localized as follows:

Battalion Headquarters located at Sydney, NS
Headquarters Company located at Sydney, NS
"A" Company located at Baddeck, NS
"B" Company located at Sydney, NS
"C" Company located at New Waterford, NS
"D" Company located at Glace Bay, NS

- The Cape Breton Highlanders of the Non-Permanent Active Militia were re-designated the 1st (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders of the Canadian Army (Reserve) under the authority of General Order Number 273 of 1940, effective 7 November 1940. With effect from 1 January 1941, under the authority of General Order Number 44 of 1941, the 1st (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders was re-designated the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders upon the ‘Active’ component Serial 357 - The Cape Breton Highlanders of the regiment having been placed on ‘Active Service’ under the authority of General Order Number 44 of 1941(effective 1 Jan 41).

- Effective 14 April 1942, under the authority of General Order Number 489 of 1942, “E” Company and “F” Company, of the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders were authorized to be formed. On 1 January 1943, Headquarters Company was re-designated Support Company and “G”, “H” and “J” Companies were authorized to be formed under the authority of General Order Number 56 of 1943 (effective 1 Jan 43).

- As of 15 March 1943, the localization of the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders was:

Battalion Headquarters located at Sydney, NS
Support Company located at Sydney, NS
"A" Company - re-localization authorized at Glace Bay from Baddeck, NS, under the authority of General Order Number 58 of 1943, effective 1 January 1943
"B" Company - re-localization authorized at Sydney Mines from Sydney, NS, under the authority of General Order Number 58 of 1943, effective 1 January 1943
"C" Company located at New Waterford, NS
"D" Company - re-localization authorized at Inverness from Glace Bay, NS, under the authority of General Order Number 58 of 1943, effective 1 January 1943
“E” Company - localization authorized at Cheticamp, NS, under the authority of General Order Number 58 of 1943, effective 1 January 1943
“F” Company - localization authorized at Ingonish Beach, NS, under the authority of General Order Number 58 of 1943, effective 1 January 1943
“G” Company - localization authorized at Port Hawkesbury, NS, under the authority of General Order Number 287 of 1943, effective 15 February 1943
“H” Company - localization authorized at Arichat, NS, under the authority of General Order Number 253 of 1943, effective 15 March 1943
“J” Company - localization authorized at Louisburg, NS, under the authority of General Order Number 135 of 1943, effective 1 January 43

- On 1 May 1943, the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders was re-allocated to the 42nd (Reserve) Brigade Group from the 18th (Reserve) Infantry Brigade under the authority of General Order Number 362 of 1943 (effective 1 May 43).

- Effective 31 March 1944, "D" Company was re-located from Inverness to Baddeck, NS, the authority of General Order Number 327 of 1944 and “E”, “F”, “G”, “H” and “J” Companies were disbanded the authority of General Order Number 328 of 1944 (effective 31 Mar 44).

- The 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders was re-designated: The Cape Breton Highlanders upon the disbandment of the ‘Active’ component of the regiment, Serial 357 - 1st Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.I.C.) under the authority of General Order Number 400 of 1945, effective 15 February 1946.

- The Cape Breton Highlanders were re-allocated to the 18th (Reserve) Infantry Brigade upon the disbandment of the 42nd (Reserve) Brigade Group under the authority of General Order Number 128of 1946, effective 15 February 1946.

- The Cape Breton Highlanders were re-allocated to the 13th Infantry Brigade (Headquarters, Halifax, NS) effective 1 April 1946 upon the disbandment of the 18th (Reserve) Infantry Brigade under the authority of General Order Number 113 of 1946, effective 31 March 1946.

- As of 2 April 1946, the localization of the sub-units of The Cape Breton Highlanders was:

Battalion Headquarters located at Sydney, NS
Headquarters Company located at Sydney, NS
"A" Company located at Glace Bay, NS
"B" Company located at Sydney Mines, NS
"C" Company located at New Waterford, NS
"D" Company located at Baddeck, NS

3.) Summary of the Second World War service of The Cape Breton Highlanders:

a.) ‘Active’ component:

- Serial 357 - The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.A.S.F. (Details) - from 1 Sep 39 to 31 Dec 40 - on ‘Active’ service within Military District No. 6 for the purpose of providing guards at vital installations in the industrial area of Cape Breton

- Mobilized: - Serial 357 - The Cape Breton Highlanders (later: Serial 357 - 1st Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.I.C., from 3 Sep 42)

- from 1 Jan 41 to 5 Jun 41 - formation and training in Canada

- from 5 Jun 41 to 13 Nov 41 - component part of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division Support Group (5th Canadian Armoured Division) training at Camp Borden, ON

- embarked for the UK on 13 Nov 41

- from disembarkation in the UK (Nov 41) to 1 Jan 43 - a component part of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division Support Group (5th Canadian Armoured Division)

- from 1 Jan 43 to 3 Dec 45 - under command of Headquarters, 11th Infantry Brigade, 5th Canadian Armoured Division - 10 Nov 1943 to Mar 45 - fought in Italy - 28 Mar 45 to 5 May 45 - fought in North-West Europe

- Serial 357 - 1st Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders, C.I.C. disbanded effective 15 Feb 46

b.) ‘Reserve’ component:

- The Cape Breton Highlanders (Details) of the Non-Permanent Active Militia - from 26 Aug to 1 Sep 39 - ‘On Service’ within Military District No. 6 for the purpose of providing guards at vital installations in the industrial area of Cape Breton

- The Cape Breton Highlanders of the Non-Permanent Active Militia - under command of Headquarters, 18th Infantry Brigade (Halifax, NS) from 1 Sep 39 to 7 Nov 40

- 1st (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders of the Canadian Army (Reserve) (later: 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders, from 1 Jan 41) - under command of Headquarters, 18th (Reserve) Infantry Brigade (Halifax, NS) from 7 Nov 40 to 1 May 43

- 2nd (Reserve) Battalion, The Cape Breton Highlanders (Canadian Army (Reserve)) - under command of 42nd (Reserve) Brigade Group (Headquarters, New Glasgow, NS) from 1 May 43 to 15 Feb 46

- The Cape Breton Highlanders (Canadian Army (Reserve)) - under command of 18th (Reserve) Infantry Brigade (Halifax, NS) from 15 Feb to 31 Mar 46

- as of 1 Apr 46, The Cape Breton Highlanders (Canadian Army (Reserve)) - under command of 13th Infantry Brigade (Headquarters, Halifax, NS)

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Old 07-06-10, 04:55
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wow that was more then i expected, thank you. that gives me many starting points to further my research on their ww2 history. Can you suggest any websites or books that you think would be a good start?

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Old 07-06-10, 05:24
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ck.out cape breton highlanders association also links to museum ,lots of info
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wow that was more then i expected, thank you. that gives me many starting points to further my research on their ww2 history. Can you suggest any websites or books that you think would be a good start?
There is a Regimental History 'Breed of Manly Men' you might have to dig online for it ethier abebooks.com/ca or dustjacket.ca will have it. I haven't yet read it but it does look really comprehensive.
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I have a few negs/photos of the CBH in ww2.
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A few more of the CBH taken from my original negatives.
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A few more in ww2 of the CBH taken from my original negatives.
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Google is a wonderful invention. I entered, 'cape breton highlanders terry copp' and got several good returns. Prof Terry Copp has written extensively on the Canadian WW2 experience, and as expected, he had pieces on the Highlanders. Let your fingers do the walking, as the Yellow Pages ads used to say.

If you find a book title or ISBN you like, buy the book on ABE Books. You'll be spreading knowledge and promoting Canadian history. The professor isn't going to get any $$ from the purchase, but his reputation will get a boost.
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