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The Nova Scotia Highlanders



Armorial Description

The Cross of Saint Andrew, in the centre the coat of arms of the province of Nova Scotia (i.e.: argent, on a saltire azure an ascutcheon of the Royal Arms of Scotland); encircling the arms an annulus inscribed, on the upper curve with the motto SIOL NA FEAR FEARAIL, and on the lower curve with the designation NOVA SCOTIA HIGHLANDERS.


Official Abbreviation: NS Highrs

Motto: Siol Na Fear Fearail (Breed of manly men)


Battle Honours (56)

Early History

    SOUTH AFRICA, 1899-1900
First World War
    YPRES, 1915,'17
    Hill 70
    Festubert, 1915
    PASSCHENDAELE
    MOUNT SORREL
    AMIENS
    Somme, 1916,'18
    DROCOURT-QUEANT
    Flers-Courcelette
    HINDENBURG LINE
    Thiepval
    CANAL DU NORD
    Ancre Hieghts
    Cambrai, 1918
    ARRAS, 1917,'18
    Valenciennes
    VIMY, 1917
    Sambre
    Arleux
    FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-1918
    Scarpe, 1917,'18
Second World War
    LIRI VALLEY
    Falaise
    Melfa Crossing
    The Laison
    Ceprano
    CHAMBOIS
    GOTHIC LINE
    BOULOGNE, 1944
    Montecchio
    Calais, 1944
    CORIANO
    The Scheldt
    LAMONE CROSSING
    Savojaards Plaat
    Fosso Munio
    BRESKENS POCKET
    Conventello-Comacchio
    The Rhineland
    ITALY, 1944-1945
    Waal Flats
    Normandy Landing
    The Hochwald
    AUTHIE
    THE RHINE
    Caen
    Zutphen
    The Orne
    Ijsselmeer
    Bourguebus Ridge
    Leer
    Faubourg de Vaucelles
    Delfzijl Pocket
    Verrieres Ridge -- Tilly-la-Campagne
    North-West Europe, 1944-1945

Regimental Headquarters:
1st Battalion
The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North)
126 Willow St.
Truro, Nova Scotia
B2M 4Z6

2nd Battalion
The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton)
Victoria Park
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 6G8


Order of Precedence: 25

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Today in Military History

March 2



1916:

Lord Derby speaks in the House of Lords on recruiting: "stronger methods are needed to get men, women must take the place of men..."


1943:

New Guinea - Battle of the Bismark Sea rages; Allied planes sink 12 Japanese ships carrying reinforcements to New Guinea, killing nearly 4,000.


1944:

The frigates of the Royal Navy's First Escort Group brought the longest continuous U-boat hunt to a successful conclusion, destroying U-358, but losing HMS Gould. The hunt started on 29 February, and HM Ships Affleck, Gould, Gore and Garlies dropped some 104 depth charges over the following two days. Gore and Garlies had to withdraw to Gibraltar for fuel, but Affleck and Gould continued the attack. U-358 succeeded in torpedoing Gould, but was then forced to the surface and finished off by Affleck's gunfire.


1945:

In Burma, Gian Singh, a Naik of the 15th Punjab Regiment, single-handedly attacked a series of Japanese positions. Despite being wounded, he cleared a series of trenches and a concealed anti-tank gun, then led his section forward to complete the reduction of the enemy position. He received the Victoria Cross.


1945:

Naik (Corporal) Fazal Din of the 10th Baluch Regiment conducted a lone attack on a Japanese bunker, which was pinning down his section. Having eliminated its defenders, he then attacked a second, from which six Japanese charged forth. A Japanese officer ran his sword through Fazal Din's chest, but as he pulled the blade out, the mortally wounded Naik wrestled it from his grip, and killed the officer with his own sword. He then killed a second Japanese soldier with the sword, as his men advanced to capture the bunker. Fazal Din managed to stagger back to report the success of the attack, before dying from his injuries. He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.


1951:

National Defence publish first Canadian casualty list from Korea; six soldiers killed.




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