- South Alberta Regiment
The South Alberta Regiment (SAR) was a
Canadianinfantry regiment which served in the Second World War. The unit mobilized in 1940as part of the 4th Canadian Infantry Division. When the division was reorganized as an armoured formation, the SAR also converted to become the 29th Canadian Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment.
The SAR was deployed to northern France in mid-June 1944, equipped with Stuart and Sherman tanks. They participated in the later battles of the
Invasion of Normandy, the (partial) closing of the Falaise pocketand the liberation of Holland.
David Vivian Currieof the SAR received the Victoria Crossfor his actions near Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives, as the allies attempted to seal off the Falaise pocket. It was the only Victoria Cross awarded to a Canadian soldier during the Normandy campaign, and the only Victoria Cross ever awarded to a member of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.
The SAR is perpetuated by the reserve reconnaissance regiment
South Alberta Light Horse.
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