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3CD The Water Rats looking for a few good people

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History of 3CD in WWIIOL

The 3rd Canadian Division started in WWIIOL during the early turmoil of the AHC (Allied High Command) subsequent to launch of the game. 3CD was initially developed by the 3CD Godfather (Ready) as a non-AHC division that gave squads a chance to work together without AHC politics. It was realized that numbers bigger than a single squad were required to “move the map”. In essence, the organization was what AHC should have been, which allowed 3CD to grow rapidly in the number of member squads even though we were not affiliated with AHC and did not receive any of the developer support that AHC receives from CRS. The initial squad that started the 3CD were remnants of an older WWIIOL group known as the Red Berets. The Red Berets reorganized themselves into a ground squad (24th Dragoons) and air squad (the original WWIIOL 401 Rams squadron). The 24th and 401 squads formed the initial core of 3CD. From there other squads joined (4th Alabama, 4 Wing, 352nd fighter group, 63rd Blood and Fire, Pirates Battle Group, 225th Spectres, etc.) to make 3CD a solid fighting force.

Times changed and AHC became more along the lines of what it was intended to be. In early 2002, 3CD was approached by Badger (who was in ARFR theater command at the time) and asked to help AHC with a organizational problem they were having. The Meuse Riverline between the BEF and ARFR forces was a frequent path for the axis to advance. AHC units were incapable of keeping that “zipper line” closed. The AHC units involved at the time were not interested in spending time with both sets of equipment to halt the axis advance as they were primarily interested in only playing with their chosen equipment (BEF or ARFR). 3CD was asked to become an official AHC division with all of its member squads with both a french and a british brigade to close that “zipper line”. We accepted the AHC offer, and served honorably in the ARFR orbat as the only PLAYER CREATED AHC DIVISION for 2+ years with our primary defensive “hometown” being Namur. There we gained a reputation as honorable players that our enemies knew they could count on for fair play and a good fight. 3CD was known at that time as one of the few units that followed a strict Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) that prohibited any form of camping, as well as other forms of unfair play.

In early 2004, 3CD underwent massive internal change. Most of the squads that made up our French brigade decided it was time to strike out on their own as a separate unit, in a different AHC division. Those squads (75th Rangers and 225th Spectres) are now an integral portion of 4th MacRD in Corps Cavalrie. The remaining members from the French brigade and British brigade of 3CD decided that it was in their best interests to prepare for brigade spawn as the current orbat placement within ARFR would not allow those remaining members that preferred British equipment the ability to spawn that equipment under the French orbat. A solution was developed which moved the 3rd Canadian Division into the BEF orbat as the armored brigade of the 1st Royal Marine Division. 3CD gave up its status as a French Division and took the role as a British brigade.

3CD served with the 1st Royal Marine Division for 6+ months. During that time intersquad politics became devisive and it was decided that 3CD should not remain an AHC Division or Brigade any longer. The membership of 3CD had too much time and effort invested into the 3CD name and recognition to allow AHC the power of determining the future of the 3rd Canadian Division. That process involved the reorganization of 3CD from a AHC brigade to a squad. During this process and reorganization, some of the component squads decided it was in their best interests to maintain their own identities rather than simply unify into 3CD the squad. These squads (PBG, TWC) moved back to 3CD’s original hometown area of Namur and joined with the 75th Rangers and 225th Spectres in 4th MacRD. The 4 Wing squadron left 3CD to become one of the largest and most well known dedicated AHC air squadrons in game and joined the RAF orbat. The remaining squads of 3CD voted to drop their squad identities as they identified themselves primarily as 3CD and not that of another unit. 3CD had made a 3 year long transition from a full AHC division to a single squad.

In the summer of 2004, CRS required AHC to reorganize. That reorganization eliminated 3CDs home as the armored brigade of the 1st Royal Marine Division. It was voted by the membership that a move back towards where our roots are would be in 3CD's best interest. As such, 3CD was moved into the 2nd Armored Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division. We now serve as a BEF unit with our primary hometown being Eghezee. We have a working relationship with our former comrades in 4th MacRD just to our south in the French theater and you will find many of us giving support to each other as we had for 2+ years along the zipper line of the BEF and ARFR forces.

The 3rd Canadian Division is proud to be a member of the Allied Armed Forces and the AHC. Our area of responsibility (AOR) is along the Sambre/Meuse Rivers with our home city being Eghezee. 3CD is a unit assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd Armored Brigade (2AB) as our primary persona. We share this Brigade with three other squads (40 Commandos, British Rangers & 1st Spanish Company). This AHC ground presence along with our Air Wing, allow 3CD to bring all of the Allied military assets to bear on the Axis Horde! Our squad primarily plays with British equipment, but we do routinely venture south into the French AO.

For more information about the 3rd Canadian Division follow this link --> www.thewaterrats.com

 

 

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so now that you had a little history lesson, I'm looking to restart 3CD.  I'm looking for people that want to help restore a legendary squad!

 

you can visit our site thewaterrats.com or send me a pm here.  

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I have very fond memories of our arch-enemies, 3CD. The 31st Wrecking Crew held the Namur-Revin line within our orbat so that vast majority of fights we were involved in were against 3CD. They are a great group of guys, and the no-camping gentlemens' agreement is true since we in the 31st honored it and had inter-squad communication. Without a doubt the toughest enemies we faced which is why we were assigned to that sector of the front. Great teamwork, great combined arms coordination, and if you even made the smallest mistake as their adversary they would quickly show you the error in your ways.

I've been axis since 2001... but it you are looking for an allied squad there is no better one than 3CD!

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S! 31st Wrecking Crew, and we also had fun with, other than 31st was 1LB Iron Wolves.  We had great fun back in those days.

 

I figured since I'm going to be around for the next few months, try and get a new 3CD going since I'm still the CO.  ;-)  Website is up and running still.  

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