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1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

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1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
1er Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada
1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (emblem).jpg
Brigade group badge
BranchCanadian Army
TypeBrigade group
Part of3rd Canadian Division
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1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG; French: 1er Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada, 1 GBMC) is a Canadian Forces brigade group that is part of the 3rd Canadian Division of the Canadian Army. Originally headquartered at CFB Calgary, it is currently based in CFB Edmonton in Alberta with two major units at CFB Shilo in Manitoba, and consists of eight Regular Force units.

The brigade was established on 14 October 1953 in Europe.[1]

  • 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade created 14 October 1953
  • Redesignated 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in October 1955
  • Redesignated 1 Combat Group in 1972
  • Redesignated 1 Canadian Brigade Group in 1976
  • Redesignated 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in 1992


In 1989 at the height of the Cold War the 1st Canadian Mechanized Infantry Division consisted of three brigades, one of them being the 1st Canadian Brigade Group. It had the following structure:[2]


The eight units that comprise 1 CMBG are:[3]

Structure of the 1 CMBG
Structure of the 1 CMBG
Unit Type Locations
1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron Headquarters and communications CFB Edmonton
1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Artillery CFB Shilo
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Armoured CFB Edmonton
1 Combat Engineer Regiment Armoured combat engineers CFB Edmonton
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Mechanized infantry CFB Edmonton
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Mechanized infantry CFB Shilo
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Light infantry CFB Edmonton
1 Service Battalion Combat service support CFB Edmonton

Three regular force units of other formations, 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron of 1 Wing, 1 Field Ambulance of 1 Area Support Group, and 1 Military Police Platoon/1 Military Police Regiment are co-located with 1 CMBG at CFB Edmonton and work closely with the brigade group, but are not officially a part of it.

1 CMBG sent a contingent of approximately 200 personnel for Task Force Kandahar Headquarters for a nine-month rotation starting February 2009 and sent approximately 2500 personnel for the task force in September 2009 for a six-month tour.

See also


  1. ^ "".
  2. ^ NATO's Order of Battle 1989. p. 165.
  3. ^ "1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group". Canadian Army. Retrieved 24 November 2016.

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