8th Anti-Tank Battery
Formed 1942
Branch British Columbia Army
Part of Royal Regiment of British Columbia Artillery
Size 1 batteries
Regimental HQ Chilliwack
Abbreviation 8 AT Bty
March British Grenadiers
Motto Latin: Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt (Whither Right and Glory Lead); Ubique (Everywhere)
Colonel-in-Chief HM the Queen
Nickname The Gunners
Tactical Flash

The 8th Anti-Tank Battery , RBCA is a unit of the BC Army, and is one of the two dedicated anti-tank batteries of the Royal Regiment of British Columbia Artillery. Although formally the single-battery unit is designated an active force formation, only A Troop is actually active force; B Troop is manned by members of the Militia.

Some ranks in Royal BC Artillery units are different from those in other Army units. Specifically, in in all units of the Royal Regiment of British Columbia Artillery a Private is called a Gunner (Gnr), a Lance Corporal is called a Lance Bombardier (L Bdr) and a Corporal is called a Bombardier (Bdr).

History Edit

The 8th Anti-Tank Battery was formed in 1942 as a dedicated anti-tank unit of the Royal BC Artillery, and after a period of training in BC, Canada and the United Kingdom was finally deployed to North Africa, and from there moving on to Italy. The unit was initially equipped with the British-made Deacon Mk. I, which was a QF 6-pounder anti-tank gun mounted on an AEC Matador truck chassis, but this was used only until 1943, as it was deemed unsuitable for operations in Europe. Thus the battery was re-equipped with the Archer Mk. I, a QF 17-pounder anti-tank gun mounted on the chassis of the Valentine tank, prior to being deployed to Italy.

After the war it returned to BC, and in 1951 it was mobilised for service in the Korean War, after which it once again returned to BC.

Engagements Edit

The Second World War Edit

The Korean War Edit

Battle Honours Edit

  • Second World War: (multiple)
  • Korea 1951-53

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