70) For another six months, the R22R helped to push back Nazi troops, with more of their own becoming the ultimate sacrifice.
In the interim, Alphonse Claude-Laboissiere, a Franciscan father who had served with reserve units of the R22R in Italy since September 1943, replaced Gratton.
On 9 October 1943, Claude-Laboissiere arrived in the Algerian port city of Oran, joining the R22R reserve units, where he spent nearly three full months.
In December 1943, the R22R reinforcement units' quiet life in Algeria ended following the Battle of Ortona.
However when the R22R reinforcement units were ordered to the battlefield on 3 February 1944, the men's lives changed forever.
This priest's official attachment to the R22R ended in May 1944, with the return of Gratton to the R22R and the promotion of Claude-Laboissiere to the position of senior chaplain of the First Military Division, replacing Maurice Roy.
76) As the war raged on, the R22R was sent to France and then Holland to liberate these nations from Nazi occupation.
While the R22R played an important role during the Second World War, it came with a heavy cost.
However, the qualitative statements provided apply almost exclusively to the war experience of the R22R, the Fusiliers Mont-Royal (FMR), and the Regiment Maisonneuve (RdM).