12e Régiment Blindé du
Régiment Blindé du Canada was an armoured regiment
formed in the Canadian Army as part of the Regular Force,
with a Militia component as well.
- 6 May 1968: 12e
Régiment Blindé du Canada created as a Regular Force
- 6 May 1968: Le Régiment
de Trois-Rivières (RCAC) redesignated as 12e Régiment
Blindé du Canada (Milice)
Régiment Blindé du Canada
Predecessor: Le Régiment de Trois Rivières
Perpetuates: 178th Battalion, CEF
Raised: 6 May 1968
Status 1 Jan 2000: Regular Force regiment
with Militia component.
The Regiment was
created in 1968 the Canadian Forces increased its efforts to be
truly bilingual, giving Canada its first Regular Force francophone
armoured unit. The new regiment was based in Valcartier.
At the same time, Le Régiment de Trois-Rivières (RCAC) was
redesignated as a Militia component of the regiment. This unit,
formerly known as The Three Rivers Regiment, dated back to 1862,
based in Trois-Rivières which is a town midway from Montreal to
The number in the regimental title commemorates The Three Rivers
Regiment's title during the Second World War when it was officially
known as the "12th Armoured Regiment (The Three Rivers Regiment)".
The Canadian Army traditionally avoided having city or region names
in the titles of its Regular Force regiments.
The official regimental short title is "12e RBC".
Battle Honours in bold were selected for
Débarquement en Sicile
Vallée du Troina
Monte La Pieve
Vallée du Liri
L'Avance à Florence
Nord-Ouest de L'Europe 1945
The cap badge is
described on the Governor General's website as follows:
wreath of maple leaves or bearing at base a beaver on a log
proper, a cartouche gules charged in the centre with 12e or.
Surrounding the cartouche a riband azure edged or and inscribed
with the words ADSUM - REGIMENT BLINDÉ or. the whole is ensigned
by the Royal Crown proper.1
The Regiments and Corps of the Canadian Army (Queen's
Printer, Ottawa, ON, 1964)
Hampson, William C. A Catalogue of Twentieth-Century Canadian
Military and Metal Shoulder Titles 1900 to 1999 Part II: Royal
Canadian Armoured Corps (William C. Hampson Publishing, Calgary,
AB, 1999) ISBN 0-9685714-1-7
Mazeas, Daniel Insignes de la Milice Canadienne - Canadian
Militia Badges Pre 1914
Mazeas, Daniel Insignes Canadiens 1920-1950 - Canadian
Badges Revised Edition
Canadian Forces Publication 267
Badges of the Canadian Forces / Insignes des Forces Canadiennes