Cap badge The South Alberta Regiment, 4th Canadian Armoured Division

white metal/brass construction, both lugs intact, some oxidation on back Scully Montreal maker marked


The South Alberta Regiment (SAR) was a Canadian infantry regiment which served in the Second World War. The unit was created in 1924 and mobilized in 1940 as part of the 4th Canadian Infantry Division. When the division was reorganized as an armoured formation to satisfy demand for a second Canadian armoured division, the South Alberta Regiment received Ram tanks in February 1942.

The SAR was deployed to northern France in mid-June 1944 (Normandy landings, D-Day was 6 June 1944), replacing their Ram tanks to be equipped with Stuart andSherman tanks. They participated in the later battles of the Invasion of Normandy, taking part in Operation Totalize and finally closing the Falaise pocket in Operation Tractable.[3] The South Albertas went on to participate in the liberation of the Netherlands and participating in the Battle of the Scheldt. In January 1945, they took part in theBattle for the Kapelsche Veer. They spent the last weeks of the war fighting in northern Germany.

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 Freedom of the City was exercised by the South Alberta Regiment in Nanaimo, British Columbia in April, 1941. 

The SAR is perpetuated by the reserve reconnaissance regiment the South Alberta Light Horse.

Battle honours;


Falaise Road, 

The Laison, 

St. Lambert-sur-Dives,


The Scheldt, 


The Lower Maas, 

Kapelsche Veer, 

The Rhineland,

The Hochwald,


Twente Canal,

Bad Zwischenahn, 

North-West Europe, 1944-1945.

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