“Cease Fire Spartan” was ordered on the 12th of March with morale and health of all
ranks at a high level owing to the outdoor life .
DEMONSTRATION - LARKHILL - MARCH 1943.
Shortly afterwards the Regiment was selected to demonstrate before the annual
meeting of the CsRA
Home Forces at LARKHILL.
This was the first time that a Canadian Regiment had been so honoured.
It was at this exercise that the Oboe smoke screen and the use of coloured smoke in co-operation
with aircraft were demonstrated for the first time.
A demonstration Flank Smoke Barrage was also fired in support of tanks attacking the
Among the spectators were the Assistant Chief of the Imperial General Staff,
5 Canadian Armoured Division and nearly all the
All were impressed with the speed and accuracy of the fire.
At the conclusion of the demonstration the Regiment was inspected
by Major-General Everett and his party.
Congratulations were later conveyed by the following letter:
17Cdn Field Regt R.C.A.
The BRA 1 Cdn Army has received a letter from the MGRA Home Forces thanking
him for the good show which the 17 Cdn Regt put on at the Larkhill
The BRA wishes me to convey his congratulations to the unit and to say that he
was very pleased with the excellent account they gave of themselves.
I wish to add my own congratulations.