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Canadian Artillery preserved overseas
Data current to 29 Nov 2020.
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Operation Normandy Gunner
On 8 June 2019, marking the 75th anniversary of the battles to liberate Normandy Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery unveiled and dedicated a QF 25-pounder field gun at Point 67, known locally as Côte de Cindais, to commemorate in perpetuity, the contribution of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in the operations and battles in Normandy, France, in the summer of 1944. The Normandy Artillery Memorial located at Point 67 consists of a 25 (S.I.C 9-42) which was manufactured in Canada by Sorel Industries in 1942. From the heights of Point 67, one can see virtually all of the Second World War battlefields of the period from 18 July to 10 August 1944.
The 25-pounder QF Gun was extensively deployed by the RCA during the Second World War. Since 2013, under the auspices of Ireland's Col Ray Yorke, Lt Col Eamonn Fogarty (Retd) and RSM John Morris (Retd), the Irish Artillery Corps has presented six 25-pounder guns to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. In addition to one now on display at Point 67, one of these guns is located as a monument at Juno Beach, one is display in the town Heerenberg, The Netherlands, where the Canadian Army crossed the Rhine and began the final push north to liberate Holland in 1945. Finally, three 25-pounders are located in Canada with one in Toronto (Limber Gunners), one in Montreal (3BAM) and one in Lévis Quebec (6 RAC). (The Artillery Club Newsletter, 13 Sep 2019)