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Platoons, Brigades, Regiments and Divisions

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Platoons, Brigades, Regiments and Divisions

Our platoon was attached to the seventh brigade. A brigade has three regiments, three compact regiments. Individual. They are not all together. Their different fronts and everything. Now, we, we serviced the Winnipeg Rifles which were in number seven, the seventh brigade. And we attached to the Winnipeg Rifles and we went all through the war with them, when we were on the continent. Interviewer- And seventh brigade was part of which division? The 3rd Division. Yeah we landed the 3rd Division all the Canadians were in the, the three brigades were to, to form a division you need three brigades.

Mr. Champoux explains the difference between Platoons, Brigades, Regiments and Divisions, while describing his own allegiance to the 13 platoon (Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa).

Robert Arthur Champoux

Mr. Champoux was born in Hull, Québec on March 21st, 1921. He lived there until the age of 8 when his father, a First World War Veteran, moved the family to Ottawa. Mr. Champoux had three brothers and four sisters; he was the third oldest child. When the war broke out he was attending Ottawa Technical High School. He left school, after his first year, to join the Army after failing to join the Navy and the Air Force (who were not yet recruiting). He left for Europe July 17th, 1940 and ended up stopping in Iceland where he remained for the next 10 months. Mr. Champoux’s wartime service saw him fighting on D-Day and in the Falaise Gap. He also fought in Calais and later on in Holland where he was wounded. Mr. Champoux got a job with the Mint upon returning to Canada. He joined the army again in 1948 retiring in 1965.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Robert Arthur Champoux
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
13 Platoon - Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
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