Formed as 2nd Army Tank Brigade on 26 January 1942, this formation consisted of the
Voltigeurs de Québec (replaced in June 1942 by The 16/22 Saskatchewan Horse), the
Halifax Rifles, and the Grey and Simcoe Foresters. Equipped with Ram II tanks, in the
autumn of 1942 the brigade trained at the newly opened Meaford AFV range on Georgian
Bay where the Halifax Rifles had the honour of the first field exercise.

In June 1943 the brigade was dispatched to the United Kingdom. The following month came
an intensive inspection of the units of this brigade and of the 3rd Canadian Army Tank
Brigade by Lieutenant-General H.D.G. Crerar, General Officer Commanding I Canadian
Corps. The purpose of the inspection was to determine which of the two brigades would
remain on the order of battle since there was only room for one such formation. The
brigade chosen was the 3rd; the 1st Hussars, The Fort Garry Horse, and the Sherbrooke
Fusilier Regiment.
2nd  Canadian Army Tank Brigade