Second World War: Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC), Korean War and Cold War

Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC)

The RCASC maintained transport for the army on land, as well as a ship-borne freight and patrol company during the war. The RCASC provided support to Canadian soldiers in the campaign in north-west Europe, moving supplies from the rear areas to the front-lines. They delivered all rations, ammunition, petroleum products, and all other essentials. They did so with a variety of vehicles ranging from three- to ten-ton trucks, and forty-ton tank transporters.

The RCASC, along with the rest of the Army, underwent a rapid expansion as Canada mobilized for the Second World War. In addition to maintaining transport for the army on land, the RCASC also commanded and maintained a ship-borne freight and patrol company, the Pacific Command Water Transport Company, during the war. The RCASC provided support to Canadian Soldiers wherever they went; training in Canada and Great Britain, the campaign in North West Europe, (see: British logistics in the Normandy Campaign ), and in the campaign in Italy. The RCASC moved supplies from the rear areas to the front-lines. They delivered all rations, ammunition, petroleum products, and all other essentials. They did so with a variety of vehicles ranging from three- to ten-ton trucks, and forty-ton tank transporters.

First Canadian Army in North West Europe

Nos. 81 & 82 Artillery Companies, RCASC

Nos. 35 & 36 Army Troops Composite Companies, RCASC

Nos. 41, 45, 47, 63 & 64 Army Transport Companies, RCASC

Nos. 1 & 2 Motor Ambulance Convoys, RCASC

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3229985)

Personnel of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC), 4th Canadian Armoured Division, examining parts of a dummy German aircraft, Huijbergen, Netherlands, 28 October 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3205474)

Service point for rations, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC),  7 August 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3405632)

CWAC Drivers of No. 3 Section, Motor Ambulance Convoy, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC), await the departure of a convoy, Farnborough, England, 12 January 1945.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203842)

Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) amid Dutch civilians welcoming Canadian troops at the Liberation, 8 May 1945.

Nos. 81 & 82 Artillery Companies, RCASC

Nos. 35 & 36 Army Troops Composite Companies, RCASC

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3229982)

Private Hugh Dryden of No. 35 Canadian Army Troops Composite Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC), preparing a drum of powdered milk, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 14 February 1945.

Nos. 41, 45, 47, 63 & 64 Army Transport Companies, RCASC

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, 3524395)

Vehicles of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division moving through Bockhoute, Belgium, 18 October 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3198876)

Allied landing craft delivering vehicles, Normandy, 9 June 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3225439)

Canadian Military Vehicles at Carpiquet, Normandy, 12 July 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3524529)

Military traffic in a rubble filled street in Calcar, Germany, 28 Feb. 1945. Possibly a No. 11 or 12 cabbed Chevrolet C15A watertanker.

Echelon of an RCA field battery based on the tac signs.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3205242)

Canadian Army vehicles at a crossroads in Northwest Europe, 9 April 1945.

Nos. 1 & 2 Motor Ambulance Convoys, RCASC

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3205482)

Ford Model F60L AMB Military Ambulance from the 2nd Motor Ambulance Convoy, RCASC. Also, a Jeep with stretcher rack, a Universal Carrier with a canvas hood, a 15cwt CMP and a 40-mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun parked in a bombed out village in Normandy, 11 August 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3514987)

Drivers and ambulances of No. 3 Section, Motor Ambulance Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC), Farnborough, England, 12 January 1945.

No. 1 Canadian Advance Stationery Depot

No. 1 Mobile Printing Section

No. 2 Tipper Platoon

General Headquarters, Line of Communication and Base Troops

No. 66 General Transport Company

No. 69 General Transport Company

No. 1 Base Transport Company

No. 65 Tank Transporter Company

No. 85 Bridge Company

No. 86 Bridge Company

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3518477)

Men of 55 Transport Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC) at work in Germany, 2 March 1953.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3224472)

Captain Doug. C. Johnson hands a message to despatch rider L./Cpl. "Ray" D. Reicherd, both from 54th Transport Company, RCASC, 19 June 1951.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3224473)

Lieutenant "Ray" D. Reicherd gives message to Captain "Archie" D. Leclair - both from 54th Transport Company, RCASC, 19 June 1951.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5091049)

RCASC Kitchens, 14 September 1960.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4931726)

Change of Command. Major J.M. Berry seated, Commanding Officer of No. 9 Transport Company, RCASC, signs papers during the handover ceremony to his successor, Major R.A.D. Kelly. The change of command will be effective 1 December 1958.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4931728)

Princess Margaret Drivers. All veterans of Royal Visits, three Sergeants are inspected by their Sergeant-Major for the royal tour. From left are, WO 2 Bill Leach, Sgt. Dave Nicholson, Sgt. Dave Douglas and Sgt. Fred Schrie, all members of No. 9 Transport Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, 30 July 1958.