South Alberta Regiment

South Alberta Regiment

The South Alberta Regiment (SAR) was a Canadian infantry regiment which served in the Second World War. The unit mobilized in 1940 as 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 pocket and the liberation of Holland.

Major David Vivian Currie of the SAR received the Victoria Cross for 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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