1st Canadian Division

1st Canadian Division Canada’s task-tailored, deployable, high readines joint HQ to lead operations throughout the spectrum of conflict to meet national objectives.

The 1st Canadian Division (1st Cdn Div) leads operations for the Canadian Joint Operations Command throughout the full spectrum of conflict to meet national objectives. The 1st Cdn Div provides task-tailored, deployable, joint headquarters at advanced states of readiness to command and control joint, interagency, and multinational forces, at home and abroad.

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As 2021 fades into 2022, we can close this year in a spirit of thankfulness for the past and of hope and confidence for ...
01/01/2022

As 2021 fades into 2022, we can close this year in a spirit of thankfulness for the past and of hope and confidence for the future. Whatever 2022 brings, we will be Ready, Agile, and Versatile.
Here’s to a bright New Year, Red Devils!

As 2021 fades into 2022, we can close this year in a spirit of thankfulness for the past and of hope and confidence for the future. Whatever 2022 brings, we will be Ready, Agile, and Versatile.
Here’s to a bright New Year, Red Devils!

A mere few block from the front, Captain D.B. Cameron, Quartermaster of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada hosted a Chri...
12/25/2021

A mere few block from the front, Captain D.B. Cameron, Quartermaster of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada hosted a Christmas Dinner for the men in the bombed-out church of Santa Maria di Constantinopoli, to maintain the troops’ morale. For many, it would be their last meal as they would die shortly afterward. During the Battle of Ortona, the fighting was of a different nature. Narrow stone streets became killing zones, where 213 lives were lost during Christmas week.

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada were not the only one to host a Dinner.
The Carleton and York Regiment at Dundee, also served Dinner to their members.

A mere few block from the front, Captain D.B. Cameron, Quartermaster of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada hosted a Christmas Dinner for the men in the bombed-out church of Santa Maria di Constantinopoli, to maintain the troops’ morale. For many, it would be their last meal as they would die shortly afterward. During the Battle of Ortona, the fighting was of a different nature. Narrow stone streets became killing zones, where 213 lives were lost during Christmas week.

The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada were not the only one to host a Dinner.
The Carleton and York Regiment at Dundee, also served Dinner to their members.

Home for Christmas- December 1943, Gunner Lyle Enright, enlisting exactly one month after the war was declared and saile...
12/22/2021

Home for Christmas-
December 1943, Gunner Lyle Enright, enlisting exactly one month after the war was declared and sailed from Canada as a motorcycle-dispatch rider with Canada’s First Division, came home for the holidays.
Four hundred and fifty soldiers with five years overseas service arrived in Canada just in time for Christmas. Troops in Italy were included in the 30 day home leave program.

The Red Devils from the 1st Canadian Division wish you a safe Leave!

Home for Christmas-
December 1943, Gunner Lyle Enright, enlisting exactly one month after the war was declared and sailed from Canada as a motorcycle-dispatch rider with Canada’s First Division, came home for the holidays.
Four hundred and fifty soldiers with five years overseas service arrived in Canada just in time for Christmas. Troops in Italy were included in the 30 day home leave program.

The Red Devils from the 1st Canadian Division wish you a safe Leave!

“Best wishes from Major-General Mark Misener and Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Aman.”
12/20/2021

“Best wishes from Major-General Mark Misener and Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Aman.”

“Best wishes from Major-General Mark Misener and Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Aman.”

"Everything before Ortona was a nursery tale."- . General VokesThis year as every December, The Red Devils, like numerou...
12/17/2021
Battle of Ortona - Canadian Army Newsreel

"Everything before Ortona was a nursery tale."- . General Vokes

This year as every December, The Red Devils, like numerous of families across Canada reflect on the December 1943.

Those who wore the Red Patch always identify the winter of 1943-44 with two focal points of action - the Moro and Ortona. General Bernard Montgomery was determined to allow the enemy no respite and, at the end of November, he launched a powerful attack which carried him from the Sangro to the Moro River. The Division threw itself across the Moro on the evening of 5 December. Opposition was heavy, and it took the Canadians four days to consolidate their bridgehead. The engineers did notable work in constructing a vehicle-crossing over the swollen river.

The Canadian advance toward the coastal city of Ortona was stopped short by German troops. The Germans were defending a five-kilometre-long, narrow, deep and steep-sided ravine known as “The Gully.” This formidable obstacle was a natural barrier to the forward movement of 1st Division. A minor watercourse which, under the enemy's skilful attention, became a major obstacle. The 1st Division made repeated attacks against this position. In one of these Captain Paul Triquet of the Royal 22e Regiment won the V.C.

Battle of Ortona, 20-28 December 1943, Ortona, Italy. The fighting was of a very different nature – hand-to-hand struggles in built-up areas- but no less fierce.

The 1st Division had again accomplished its task, but had paid dearly: one month of operations, beginning on the Moro, had resulted in 2,339 casualties, and the Division was more than 1,000 below strength.

http://worldwarii.caAn account of the Battle of Ortona.Known as "Little Stalingrad", the small village of Ortona on the Adriatic coast of Italy became the sc...

Members of the Joint Effects Cell of 1st Canadian Division Headquarters celebrated Saint Barbara's Day - the patron sain...
12/09/2021

Members of the Joint Effects Cell of 1st Canadian Division Headquarters celebrated Saint Barbara's Day - the patron saint of gunners - this last Monday with "Gunners Punch", whose recipe includes such things as wool socks, horse shoes and "gun oil". Because Saint Barbara is also the patron saint of other military professions who deal with things explosive, the Red Devil Gunners invited their military engineer comrades to join the festivities.

12/04/2021
To Poland and back again! The Red Devils were in Bydgoszcz, Poland for most of the past month participating in Exercise ...
12/03/2021

To Poland and back again! The Red Devils were in Bydgoszcz, Poland for most of the past month participating in Exercise STEADFAST LEDA 21. Always a great experience working with the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and our fellow Allied Division headquarters from the UK, Italy and Germany, as well as participants from many NATO nations. A great learning experience in how NATO does Corps-level combat operations across the full spectrum from land to air to space. Many thanks to our hosts at the NATO Joint Force Training Centre! #WeAreNATO #stle21

Photos from Multinational Division North's post
12/03/2021

Photos from Multinational Division North's post

Photos from NATO Force Integration Unit Poland's post
11/30/2021

Photos from NATO Force Integration Unit Poland's post

The next leg of Commander 1st Canadian Division’s NATO engagement series was a stop in Bydgoszcz, Poland to visit Exerci...
11/29/2021

The next leg of Commander 1st Canadian Division’s NATO engagement series was a stop in Bydgoszcz, Poland to visit Exercise STEADFAST LEDA 21. He met with staff at the Joint Force Training Centre, and took time to catch up on the work his HQ staff have been doing in support of this major training event. He also recognized our teammates from the Latvijas armija who are working as part of our HQ staff. One more leg to go! #stle21 #WeAreNATO #JFTC

The Commander of the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Lieutenant General Sir Edward Smith-Osborne, gets a briefing from...
11/25/2021

The Commander of the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Lieutenant General Sir Edward Smith-Osborne, gets a briefing from key staff of the 1st Canadian Division during Exercise STEADFAST LEDA 21 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Not every day a Royal Canadian Navy officer briefs a British Army general about a multinational land maneuver in Eastern Europe! #WeAreNATO #STLE21 #JFTC

A great visit between Commander 1st Canadian Division and General Ryczkowski, Deputy  Commander of the NATO Joint Suppor...
11/24/2021

A great visit between Commander 1st Canadian Division and General Ryczkowski, Deputy Commander of the NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command today in Ulm! Strengthening relationships with NATO allies! #WeAreNATO

Ulm, Germany – Major General Mark Misener, Commander of the 1st Canadian Division Headquarters (1 CAN DIV HQ), visited the Joint support and Enabling Command (JSEC). Major General Dariusz Ryczkowski, JSEC Deputy Commander, welcomed him in the Wilhelmsburg Barracks and exchanged information about the command and its current issues.
Read more: https://bit.ly/312AT9c

Hello from Bydgoszcz, Poland, where personnel from 1st Canadian Division Headquarters deployed to support Exercise STEAD...
11/21/2021

Hello from Bydgoszcz, Poland, where personnel from 1st Canadian Division Headquarters deployed to support Exercise STEADFAST LEDA 21. This 2-week NATO exercise tested the mettle of the headquarters of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Spain, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Greece and the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps - quite the big #NATO team! Even our headquarters was a big and diverse team, with our allies from the Latvijas armija as well as Canadian personnel from 3rd Canadian Division / 3e Division du Canada, 4th Canadian Division - 4e Division du Canada, and 5th Canadian Division/ 5e Division du Canada joining us. Truly, #WeAreNATO

Hello from Bydgoszcz, Poland, where personnel from 1st Canadian Division Headquarters deployed to support Exercise STEADFAST LEDA 21. This 2-week NATO exercise tested the mettle of the headquarters of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Spain, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Greece and the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps - quite the big #NATO team! Even our headquarters was a big and diverse team, with our allies from the Latvijas armija as well as Canadian personnel from 3rd Canadian Division / 3e Division du Canada, 4th Canadian Division - 4e Division du Canada, and 5th Canadian Division/ 5e Division du Canada joining us. Truly, #WeAreNATO

Multinational Troops Boot up Exercise Steadfast Leda 2021
11/19/2021
Multinational Troops Boot up Exercise Steadfast Leda 2021

Multinational Troops Boot up Exercise Steadfast Leda 2021

SENNELAGER, Germany – More than 950 multinational service members mobilized throughout Europe during Exercise STEADFAST LEDA 2021, a NATO sponsored command post and computer assisted exercise, to i...

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the 1st Canadian Division remember the Red Devils, and all Canadian ...
11/11/2021

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the 1st Canadian Division remember the Red Devils, and all Canadian soldiers, sailors and aviators personnel who sacrificed themselves for their country and fellow citizens.

The 1st Canadian Division Command Team, Major General Mark Misener and Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Aman, with the 1st Canadian Division HQ Command Team, Major Christian Gagnon and Master Warrant Officer Francis Cross laid wreaths in Barriefield to pay respects on behalf of the headquarters to the Fallen.

The Barriefield cenotaph is the only memorial in Canada dedicated to the men and women who served with the 1st Canadian Division. It was erected in 1994 in the Barriefield Rock Garden, in the community where the 1st Canadian Division was established at the start of the First World War.

DND\CAF photos by Sergeant Faye Worthy.

11/11/2021
In order to sustain a high level of soldiering skills, and to meet the minimum individual training requirements for depl...
11/08/2021

In order to sustain a high level of soldiering skills, and to meet the minimum individual training requirements for deployment on Full Spectrum Operations, the J7 Branch completed Personal Weapons Test level 3 to remain “Agile, Versatile and Ready.” Congratulations to Major Mathieu Corneau – the J7 Branch’s Top Shot for the day.

Photo 1: Major Mathieu Corneau, J7 Branch’s Top shot of the day.

Photo 2: Major Jayson Geroux

Call out to all the trick-or-treaters! As you are waiting to get ready to head out to collect your treats this Sunday, s...
10/29/2021

Call out to all the trick-or-treaters!

As you are waiting to get ready to head out to collect your treats this Sunday, save and print our Red Devil and let flow your creative juices!
Show us your artwork in the comments!

Call out to all the trick-or-treaters!

As you are waiting to get ready to head out to collect your treats this Sunday, save and print our Red Devil and let flow your creative juices!
Show us your artwork in the comments!

There is something about 1st Canadian Division and Ultimate Frisbee. The Red Devils gathered together at dawn this morni...
10/28/2021

There is something about 1st Canadian Division and Ultimate Frisbee. The Red Devils gathered together at dawn this morning to engage in a friendly Ultimate Frisbee match between each Branches of 1st Canadian Division HQ. You have to be fit to fight, but staying fit can be fun!

READY AGILE VERSATILE!

“ It ain’t trainin’ if it ain’t rainin’. The Red Devils checked out the Canadian Forces Joint Operational Support Group’...
10/26/2021

“ It ain’t trainin’ if it ain’t rainin’. The Red Devils checked out the Canadian Forces Joint Operational Support Group’s (CFJOSG) deployed setup in Mountain View, Ontario today during that unit’s annual field training exercise READY POSTURE. 1st Canadian Division Headquarters provided the CFJOSG with some tenants during their exercise as the headquarters develops plans for the upcoming UNIFIED RESOLVE exercise this winter. We often work together, so coming out and seeing how CFJOSG does business in the field is always a valuable learning opportunity – no matter the weather!”

As winter slowly creeps up, there is no better time for a Fall Clean up! 1st Canadian Division HQ did its part today to ...
10/22/2021

As winter slowly creeps up, there is no better time for a Fall Clean up!

1st Canadian Division HQ did its part today to ensure that the grounds at CFB Kingston are neat and tidy, as part of the base’s Clean-up Program. Our clean-up coincided with Waste Reduction Week in Canada happening this week. Thankfully, we didn’t find too much trash! #WasteReductionWeek

Canadian Forces Base Kingston / Base des Forces canadiennes de Kingston

10/22/2021

Words like “brave” and “courageous” are not sufficient to describe Quebec City-born Major Okill Massery Learmonth and the actions which earned him a posthumous Victoria Cross.

On 18 August 1917, while serving as a company commander near Lens in France, a German counterattack took the Canadian positions by surprise. Learmonth jumped into the fray without hesitation and personally took the fight to the enemy.

He positioned himself at the top of the trenches and started throwing hand grenades at the enemy attackers. Moreover, he caught enemy grenades and threw them back at them! - Yes, you read that right.

Unfortunately, he was seriously wounded because of his daring actions. He didn’t falter and continued to direct the defence from his position. He refused to be evacuated even when his injuries wouldn’t allow him to carry on the fight. Eventually, he was forced to relinquish his duties and was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

#CAF #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #CanadaRemembers #Canada #Motivation #Inspiration #Thursday #History

The RED DEVILS have to be fit to fight, and sports help make keeping fit fun! We joined CAF members across Canada and ar...
10/21/2021

The RED DEVILS have to be fit to fight, and sports help make keeping fit fun! We joined CAF members across Canada and around the world on 21 October 2021 to highlight the value of sport on Canadian Armed Forces Sports Day. We took the opportunity to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity – in a variety of ways – to being a healthy team that is fit to fight.

Join us in sharing in the comments your action shots while participating in a sport!

#CAFSportsDay

As wine gets better with age so does the Division – and its flag. On this day in 2010, the 1st Canadian Division HQ rais...
10/07/2021

As wine gets better with age so does the Division – and its flag.

On this day in 2010, the 1st Canadian Division HQ raised its flag for the first time in front of the Fisher Building at CFB Kingston. Today, the tradition continues as the 1st Canadian Division HQ stands ready to deploy around the world in support of Canadian interests and values.

Everyone in Canada has a role to play in learning about and addressing the ongoing impacts of residential schools and of...
09/30/2021

Everyone in Canada has a role to play in learning about and addressing the ongoing impacts of residential schools and of the many children who never returned home. 1st Canadian Division Headquarters took time on 29 September to talk about National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Sergeant Joseph Laveault, a member of the Anishinaabe First Nation with Métis heritage, led the discussion by talking about this event and what it means for him before inviting other headquarters members to share their points of view and experiences. #truthandreconciliation

Everyone in Canada has a role to play in learning about and addressing the ongoing impacts of residential schools and of the many children who never returned home. 1st Canadian Division Headquarters took time on 29 September to talk about National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Sergeant Joseph Laveault, a member of the Anishinaabe First Nation with Métis heritage, led the discussion by talking about this event and what it means for him before inviting other headquarters members to share their points of view and experiences. #truthandreconciliation

You can’t spell ‘Ready’ without ‘R’, ‘E’ and ‘D’. 😉For those family and friends who are wondering how the Red Devils spe...
09/28/2021

You can’t spell ‘Ready’ without ‘R’, ‘E’ and ‘D’. 😉

For those family and friends who are wondering how the Red Devils spent the month of August, we devoted the time to be ready for whatever Canada needs of us. Exercise READY DEVIL started with the men and women of 1st Canadian Division Headquarters conducting classroom lectures, and continued with small arms ranges and other readiness-related training before heading out to the base training area to set up a command post and work on military skills. Agile, Versatile, but now certainly READY!

Red Devils represent in support of the Canada Army Run: Virtual. The command team of 1st Canadian Division participated ...
09/16/2021

Red Devils represent in support of the Canada Army Run: Virtual. The command team of 1st Canadian Division participated in a 5 km run with the command teams of other divisions in the Canadian Army during Army Council this week. #armyrun #noordinaryrace #CanadaArmyRun Canada Army Run

Red Devils represent in support of the Canada Army Run: Virtual. The command team of 1st Canadian Division participated in a 5 km run with the command teams of other divisions in the Canadian Army during Army Council this week. #armyrun #noordinaryrace #CanadaArmyRun Canada Army Run

Photos from Canadian Army's post
09/16/2021

Photos from Canadian Army's post

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Merry Christmas from Baghdad from 1st Cdn Div members deployed on NATO Mission Iraq! What better way to start Christmas Day than a 5km run.
Thank-you for your service all past and presently serving! Big Love to you at Christmas time! ❤️
I am looking for information on a soldier named George Yente or Yentes, or it could be Lente/Lentes. I got the name from my uncle's war letters (my uncle did not survive the war) - I believe this soldier was in 1st Canadian Division and was in Italy in 1943 and 44. I believe he survived the war and he was from Toronto. His family would have been friends with my mother's family, the Christophersons. If anyone knows of him, or knows of where I can see a list of names of 1st Cdn Division in Italy, please let me know. FYI, I am posting my uncle's letters here -
Hello all! Just wondering if my Grandfather's old regiment went by a different name? He served as a gunner during WWII in the 1st Canadian Division, 2nd Medium Artillery regiment. He was a great man, who opened up to me about his wartime experiences.
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