etails of the 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars were called out on service on 26 August 1939 and then placed on active service on 1 September 1939, under the designation '17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, CASF (Details)', for local protection duties.
The details called out on active service were disbanded on 31 December 1940.The regiment subsequently mobilized the '3rd Canadian Motorcycle Regiment, CASF (17 H)' for active service on 24 May 1940.
It was redesignated '17th (Active) Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, CASF' on 1 February 1941.
'7th Reconnaissance Battalion (17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars), CAC, CASF' on 11 February 1941; and '7th Reconnaissance Regiment (17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars), CAC, CASF' on 8 June 1942.
It embarked for Britain on 23 August 1941.
Detachments of the regiment landed in Normandy as part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division on 6 June 1944, followed by the remainder of the regiment in the course of June and July 1944.46 The unit fought in North West until the end of the war.The regiment was disbanded on 15 January 1946.
A '2nd 7th Reconnaissance Regiment, CAC, CAOF' was mobilized for service with the Canadian Army Occupation Force on 1 June 1945.
It was redesignated the '2nd 7th Reconnaissance Regiment, RCAC, CAOF' on 2 August 1945. This regiment was disbanded on 24 May 1946.
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