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The Royal Canadian Regiment



Armorial Description

An eight-pointed diamond cut star; upon the star a raised circle surmounted by the Crown; within the raised circle, the block letters VRI, the Imperial Cypher of Queen Victoria.


Official Abbreviation: The RCR

Motto: Pro Patria (For Country)


Battle Honours (54)

Early History

    SASKATCHEWAN
    NORTH-WEST CANADA, 1885
    PAARDEBERG
    SOUTH AFRICA, 1899-1900
First World War
    YPRES, 1915, '17
    Gravenstafel
    St. Julien
    Festubert, 1915
    MOUNT SORREL
    SOMME, 1916
    Pozieres
    Flers-Courcelette
    ANCRE HEIGHTS
    Arras, 1917, '18
    VIMY, 1917
    Arleux
    Scarpe, 1917, 1918
    HILL 70
    PASSCHENDAELE
    AMIENS
    Drocourt-Queant
    HINDENBURG LINE
    Canal du Nord
    Cambrai, 1918
    PURSUIT TO MONS
    France and Flanders, 1915-1918
Second World War
    LANDING IN SICILY
    Valguarnera
    Agira
    Adrano
    Regalbuto
    Sicily, 1943
    Landing at Reggio
    MOTTA MONTECORVINO
    Campobasso
    Torella
    SAN LEONARDO
    The Gully
    ORTONA
    Cassino II
    Guatav Line
    Liri Valley
    HITLER LINE
    GOTHIC LINE
    LOMONE CROSSING
    Misano Ridge
    RIMINI LINE
    San Martino-San Lorenzo
    Pisciatello
    Fosso Vecchio
    ITALY, 1943-1945
    Appeldoorn
    NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1945
Korea
    KOREA, 1951-1953

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Today in Military History

February 27



1814:

Whilst British troops under Lieutenant-General Hope beseiged Bayonne, Wellington led his main force against the main French field forces in the south of France, commanded by Marshal Soult. Wellington launched his attack with 44,000 men against Soult's 36,000 men drawn up on a ridgeline at Orthes. Sir Rowland Hill led the right wing in a diversionary attack, whilst Sir William Beresford and Sir Thomas Picton led the main assaults on the left and in the centre. After initial successes, both Beresford and Picton's attacks stalled, but Wellington spotted an opening in the disjointed French lines, and himself led three battalions to exploit the weakness. The French defeat was completed by Hill, who had managed to get behind Soult and force him to run for a bridge before his escape route was totally cut. Wellington's victory secured the British presence on French soil, and opened up routes to Bordeaux, which promptly surrendered, and Toulouse.


1881:

During an action with Boers, Lance Corporal Farmer, a medical orderly, stood exposed to enemy fire, holding a white flag over a group of wounded men, in an effort to spare them further attack. The Boers kept up their fire, and Farmer was badly wounded in the arm holding in the flag. However, he rose again to his feet, and continued to hold high the flag with his other arm, until he was shot in that limb as well. His efforts to protect the men, at great personal risk, was recognised with the award of the Victoria Cross.


1900:

Nineteen years later, during the Boer War, troops from the West Yorkshire Regiment attacked up the northern slope of Terrace Hill, near Tugela in Natal. Their advance was met with a barrage of fire, and faltered. Captain Mansel-Jones braved the enemy fire to remuster his men, and, despite suffering a very serious wound, led them once more up the hill in a charge which took the Boer position. He received the Victoria Cross.


1900:

Surrender of Cronje at Paardeburg


1942:

OPERATION BITING - BRUNEVAL - No. 12 Commando


1942:

Start of the Battle of the Java Sea; 13 US warships sunk, 2 Japanese.


1943:

British commandos raid heavy-water plant in Norway


1951:

Canada posts army officer to staff of Supreme Allied Commander; first step in providing Canadian ground troops in Europe for NATO




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