the Home Page for the 49th APCR Association, the British Kangaroos of the
79th Armoured Division!
are the men, formerly of the 49th Royal Tank Regiment, who were
to follow in the footsteps of the only Canadians in our 79th Armoured
Division, the famous "Kangaroos", the first to employ full-tracked
armoured personnel carriers on the European battlefield.
upon their obvious success, our Regiment was tasked with providing a similar
"battle-taxi" service to augment that of the hard-pressed and popular 1st
Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment. Like many of the Canadians, we
had been in the fray since Normandy, in other jobs, but truly excelled
once converted to "Kangaroos" ourselves.
was a concept which proved critical to the surviveability of infantry in
the attack and eventually became the cornerstone for all infantry operations
on the modern battlefield.
49th Unit Sign
with the Canadians of 1CACR, we of the 49th are proud of our heritage of
being among the first to implement this revolutionary new idea.
take a moment to visit with us here to learn of our accomplishments and
of what they cost us. We remember the men we left behind with respect and
Shall Never Grow Old, As We Grow Old.
you to the veterans of the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment
Association for permitting us to share their web space. The Kangaroos are