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Encyclopedia > Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Cap badge of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Active 10 August 1914-
Country Canada
Branch Army
Type Infantry
Role Mechanized Infantry (two battalions)
Light Infantry (one battalion);
Size Three battalions
Part of Canadian Forces Land Force Command
Garrison/HQ 1st Battalion - Edmonton
2nd Battalion - Shilo
3rd Battalion - Edmonton
Nickname The Pats or The Patricias
Colours 2nd Battalion entitled to wear US PUC streamer on Regimental Colour
March Quick - Has Anyone Seen the Colonel/Tipperary/Mademoiselle from Armentières (medley)
Slow - Lili Marlene
Commanders
Colonel in Chief Rt Hon Countess Mountbatten of Burma
Colonel of
the Regiment
Brigadier-General (Ret'd) J.E.L. Gollner, OMM, CD

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is an infantry regiment in the Canadian Forces (CF), belonging to 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG). It is one of the most decorated regiments in the CF. It currently consists of four battalions, three in the Regular Force and one in the Reserve Force (militia). The PPCLI is ranked second in the order of precedence for the regular infantry, and 38th in the infantry militia. Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry cap badge File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Mechanized infantry are infantry equipped with armored personnel carriers (APCs), or infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for transport and combat (see also mechanized force). ... Traditionally light infantry (or skirmishers) were soldiers whose job was to provide a skirmishing screen ahead of the main body of infantry, harassing and delaying the enemy advance. ... Canadian Forces Land Force Command (LFC) is responsible for army operations within the Canadian Forces. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... Canadian Forces Base Shilo (or CFB Shilo) is an Operations and Training base of the Canadian Armed Forces located 35 km East of Brandon, Manitoba. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... Please see Presidential Unit Citation for other versions of this award The Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after 7 December 1941 (the date of the Attack on... Its A Long Way To Tipperary is a music hall and marching song written by Jack Judge and Harry (Henry James) Williams in 1912. ... Mademoiselle from Armentieres was a song that was primarily sung during World War I, and was reputedly banned from a US Army camp. ... The Right Honourable Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (born 14 February 1924) is a British peeress. ... The Canadian Forces (French: Forces canadiennes), abbreviated as CF (French: FC) are the combined armed forces of Canada. ... 1 CMBG badge 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1CMBG) is a Canadian Forces brigade group that is part of Land Forces Western Area of the Canadian army. ... In military terminology, a battalion consists of two to six companies typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel. ... Lexington Minuteman representing militia minuteman John Parker A militia is the activity of one or more citizens organized to provide defense or paramilitary service, or those engaged in such activity. ...

Contents

History

History 1914-1938

A new regiment

At the outbreak of World War I the regular military forces in Canada were pitifully small. To help rectify this situation the Patricias, the brain child of Captain Andrew Hamilton Gault, were created almost overnight. Hamilton Gault personally offered $100,000 to finance and equip a battalion as a contribution to Canada's war effort. The government provisionally accepted his offer on August 6, 1914. Official authorization was granted on August 10. The Canadian Department of Militia and Defence undertook the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the regiment. Combatants Allied Powers: Russian Empire France British Empire Italy United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary German Empire Ottoman Empire Bulgaria Commanders Nicholas II Aleksei Brusilov Georges Clemenceau Joseph Joffre Ferdinand Foch Herbert Henry Asquith Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Victor Emmanuel III Luigi Cadorna Armando Diaz Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Franz... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


Farquhar and Gault

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Farquhar was instrumental in assisting Hamilton Gault in founding the regiment. Colonel Farquhar, Military Secretary to Canada's Governor General, the Duke of Connaught, asked the Duke of Connaught for permission to name the regiment after his daughter, Princess Patricia of Connaught. She was pleased to accept this honour and thus the Princess Pat’s were established. The Governor General of Canada (French: Gouverneure générale du Canada or Gouverneur général du Canada) is the representative of the Canadian Monarch. ... Dated October 30th, 1869, by Notman His Royal Highness The Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (Arthur William Patrick Albert) (1 May 1850 - 16 January 1942) was a member of the British Royal Family, a son of Queen Victoria. ... Princess Patricia of Connaught (Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth; later Lady Patricia Ramsay; 17 March 1886 – 12 January 1974) was a member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. ...


Mobilization

Farquhar and Gault moved expeditiously to mobilize the unit. The day after authority was granted, August 11, 1914, they began an aggressive recruitment campaign. Due to the patriotic outpouring following the August 4 declaration of war, 3000 applicants were recruited within eight days. On August 19 the complement was complete and the regiment's first formal parade was scheduled for August 23.


Princess Patricia

Princess Patricia, the Colonel-in-Chief, designed and made by hand the regimental colours to be presented on that occasion. It is a crimson flag with a circular blue centre. In the circle are gold initials V P which stand for Victoria Patricia. The regimental colours became known as the "Ric-A-Dam-Doo". This colour was carried in every regimental action during World War I. Princess Patricia of Connaught (Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth; later Lady Patricia Ramsay; 17 March 1886 – 12 January 1974) was a member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. ... Combatants Allied Powers: Russian Empire France British Empire Italy United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary German Empire Ottoman Empire Bulgaria Commanders Nicholas II Aleksei Brusilov Georges Clemenceau Joseph Joffre Ferdinand Foch Herbert Henry Asquith Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Victor Emmanuel III Luigi Cadorna Armando Diaz Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Franz...


History 1939-1945

World War 2 began in Europe on 1 September 1939. The Patricia's were mobilized for active service on the 1st of September, 1939. The Regiment sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 21st of December, 1939 arriving in Scotland, the Regiment moved to Aldershot Command and spent New Year's Eve in Cove, England. The Regiment spent three years in the United Kingdom, most of which was spent in coastal defence and training in various parts of the country. Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian... World map showing Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ... Motto: Template:Unhide = E Mari Merces (Wealth from the Sea) Logo: Location City Information Established: April 1, 1996 Area: (former city) 79. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots 2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...


On 10 July, 1943 the PPCLI, forming part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and the 8th Army, landed in Sicily. After the short Sicilian campaign, the Regiment landed and fought in Italy from September, 1943 to March, 1945. Sicily (Sicilia in Italian, Latin, Sicilian and Spanish, Σικελία in Greek) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 km² and 5 million inhabitants. ...


In March 1945, the Regiment was transferred to North West Europe where they participated in the liberation of the Netherlands. On the 7th of May, 1945 the Regiment was the first Allied force to enter Amsterdam. Amsterdam Location Flag Country Netherlands Province North Holland Population 741,329 (1 August 2006) Demonym Amsterdammer Coordinates Website www. ...


On the 1st of June, 1945 a new battalion of the Regiment was authorized to form part the Canadian Pacific Force in the campaign against Japan. After the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs and Japan's subsequent surrender on the 15th of August, 1945 the Pacific Force was disbanded. In the meantime, the Regiment's serving battalion in Europe, very much understrength, returned to Winnipeg in October, 1945 and was demobilized. For other uses, see Hiroshima (disambiguation). ... Nagasaki (Japanese: 長崎市, Nagasaki-shi  , long peninsula) is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. ...


History post-1945

Kapyong

The 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry received the Distinguished Unit Citation (now Presidential Unit Citation (US)) from the President of the United States to recognize its stand at Kapyong during the Korean War in April 1951. The Patricia's together with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, which received the same honour, held up the Chinese forces for three days while United Nations forces withdrew to a new defensive line. This citation is the American equivalent of a battle honour. The citation is represented by a blue streamer bearing the name of the action. The streamer is attached to the pike of the regimental colour. The use of this streamer was authorized by King George VI. In addition to the streamer, the Presidential Citation is also worn on the uniform. It is a small royal blue bar with gold trim. Although battle honours are awarded on a regimental basis, and the whole of the PPCLI carries Kapyong on its colours, the distinction of bearing this streamer belongs to the 2nd Battalion PPCLI alone and is carried on the battalion's regimental colour. Please see Presidential Unit Citation for other versions of this award The Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after 7 December 1941 (the date of the Attack on... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... The Battle of Kapyong was waged during the Korean War. ... Combatants United Nations: Republic of Korea  Australia  Belgium Canada  Colombia Ethiopia  France Greece  Netherlands  New Zealand  Philippines South Africa  Thailand  Turkey  United Kingdom United States Medical staff:  Denmark  India  Italy  Norway  Sweden Communist states: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea People’s Republic of China  Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) is the main regular infantry formation in the Australian Army. ... The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor) (14 December 1895 - 6 February 1952) became the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Emperor of India, upon the unexpected abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. He reigned from 11 December 1936 until his death. ...


Following the Korean War, the PPCLI was reduced to two battalions, with the 3rd Battalion being redesignated as 2nd Battalion, Canadian Guards. The Canadian Guards was an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army that served in the same role as the five regiments of Foot Guards in the British Army. ...


Former Yugoslavia

During the Yugoslav Wars in the early 1990s, soldiers from the PPCLI served in UNPROFOR, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Croatia. 875 members of the 2nd Battalion PPCLI were despatched to the Medak Pocket in September 1993 to interpose themselves between Serb and Croatian forces. After the Croatians opened fire on the PPCLI troops, they became involved in an intense firefight in which (according to their commander, Colonel Jim Calvin) "27 of [the Croatian Army's] members were killed or wounded during the fire fights with my battle group during the 14 days in Medak." The clash was not much publicised at the time but Calvin and his men were decorated in 2002 for their bravery. [1] The Yugoslav Wars were a series of violent conflicts in the territory of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia that took place between 1991 and 2001. ... Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... Pocket badge of the UNPROFOR The United Nations Protection Force, UNPROFOR, were the primary UN peacekeeping troops in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Yugoslav wars. ... The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Combatants Croatia Republic of Serbian Krajina Commanders Janko Bobetko, Petar Stipetić Mile Novaković Strength Over 2,500 soldiers, T-72 tanks, Large numbers of artillery  ? Casualties 10 Croats killed, 17 wounded 38 Serbs killed, 50+ wounded Operation Medak Pocket (Croatian: Medački džep) was a military operation undertaken by... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


In 1998, to commemorate the re-opening of Canada House, a detachment from the 3rd Battalion travelled to London, England to mount the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, becoming the first Canadian soldiers in a generation to do so. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Canada House, Trafalgar Square Canada House is a building located in Trafalgar Square, London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Sentry of the Grenadier Guards posted outside St Jamess Palace The Queens Guard and Queens Life Guard are the names given to contingents of cavalry and infantry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ...


Afghanistan

In February 2002, the Regiment deployed approximately 700 troops to Afghanistan as part of the Canadian contribution (Operation Apollo) to Operation Enduring Freedom. The Regiment also deployed troops as part of the International Security Assistance Force. 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December February 27, 2002 Alicia Keys wins five Grammys. ... Operation Apollo was the codename for an operation conducted by Canadian Forces in support of the United States in its military operations in Afghanistan. ... Combatants United States Canada United Kingdom Philippines (in the Philippines theatre only) Northern Alliance Taliban al-Qaeda Abu Sayyaf Jemaah Islamiyah Commanders General Tommy Franks Brig. ... Logo of ISAF. Persian writing: Ú©Ù…Ú© Ùˆ همکاری (Komak va Hamkari) means Help and Cooperation. One of many ISAFs military bases in Afghanistan. ...


In March 2002 during Operation Anaconda, a five-man sniper team led by MCpl. Graham Ragsdale from the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry registered more than 20 kills and set the new world record for farthest combat kill with a rifle. Cpl. Rob Furlong set the record by firing a shot from a .50 cal McMillan Tac-50 sniper rifle that killed an al-Qaeda soldier at a distance of 2,430 metres (over 1.5 miles). The US Army awarded the team members the Bronze Star Medal for their actions in combat.[1] The shot surpassed the long-standing previous world record of 2,250 metres (over 1.39 miles) set by U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock during the Vietnam War. 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for March, 2002. ... Combatants United States, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, France, Norway, Germany Taliban insurgents, al-Qaeda Commanders Buster Hagenbeck unknown Strength 2000 500-1500 Casualties 90 casualties (8 U.S. servicemen dead, 82 wounded) 500-800 [1] In early March 2002 the United States military, along with allied Afghan military... Sniper teams are used in military doctrines of the United States, Canada and United Kingdom in sniper warfare, as well as in the police forces. ... Rob Furlong is a former Corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces who holds the record for the longest sniper kill in combat. ... Categories: Stub | Pistol and rifle cartridges ... Al-Qaeda (Arabic: القاعدة, the foundation or the base) is the name given to a worldwide network of militant Islamist organizations under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


On April 18, 2002, soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry were involved in a highly-publicized case of friendly-fire. The Canadian soldiers were participating in planned nighttime training exercises near Kandahar when Major Harry Schmidt, an American pilot from the Illinois Air National Guard, flew overhead. Believing he was being fired upon by enemy soldiers, Schmidt dropped one 500-pound laser-guided bomb on the Battalion. Four Canadian soldiers were killed and eight were injured. April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... For other uses, see Friendly Fire (disambiguation). ... For the 2001 movie by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, see Kandahar (film). ... Major is a military rank the use of which varies according to country. ... Harry Schmidt is a major in the Illinois Air National Guard and was at one time an instructor at the Navys elite TOPGUN fighter pilot school. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Air National Guard (ANG) is part of the United States National Guard and a reserve component of the United States Air Force (USAF). ... A laser-guided bomb (LGB) is a free-fall bomb, usually dropped from an aircraft, that is guided to its target by a laser designator The laser is directed at the target, illuminating it. ...


When the Canadian Forces returned to Kandahar after being deployed to Kabul in 2003, the Taliban began a major offensive and the Canadians were caught in the middle. After a spring in which a record number of attacks against Canadian soldiers had been set, which included six deaths to the CF, the Taliban in Kandahar and Helmand provinces were massing and Operation Mountain Thrust was launched in the beginning of the summer. Canadians were one of the leading combatants and the first fighting in the Battle of Panjwaii took place. Complex mud-walled compounds made the rural Panjwaii district take on an almost urban style of fighting in some places. Daily firefights, artillery bombardments, and allied airstrikes turned the tides of the battle in favour of the Canadians. The Canadian Forces (French: Forces canadiennes), abbreviated as CF (French: FC) are the combined armed forces of Canada. ... Kabul, Kâbl (locally: کابل), is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan with a population of approximately 3 million people. ... Flag flown by the Taliban. ... Combatants United States, Canada, UK,  Romania, Netherlands, Afghan National Army Taliban insurgents, al-Qaeda Commanders Brig. ... Combatants Canada, Afghan National Army Taliban insurgents Commanders Brig. ...


After Operation Mountain Thrust came to an end, Taliban fighters flooded back into the Panjwaii district in numbers that had not been seen yet in a single area in the "post Anaconda" war. The Canadian Forces, which came under NATO command at the end of July, launched Operation Medusa in an attempt to clear the areas of Taliban fighters once and for all. The fighting of Operation Medusa led the way to the second, and most fierce Battle of Panjwaii. Combatants United States, Canada, UK,  Romania, Netherlands, Afghan National Army Taliban insurgents, al-Qaeda Commanders Brig. ... Flag flown by the Taliban. ... The Canadian Forces (French: Forces canadiennes), abbreviated as CF (French: FC) are the combined armed forces of Canada. ... NATO 2002 Summit in Prague The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation[1] (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, the Atlantic Alliance or the Western Alliance, is an international organisation for collective security established in 1949, in support of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington, DC, on 4 April 1949. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Flag flown by the Taliban. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Combatants Canada, Afghan National Army Taliban insurgents Commanders Brig. ...


Battalions

Battalion Home Brigade Notes
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry CFB Edmonton (Alberta) 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Mechanized infantry
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry CFB Shilo (Manitoba) 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Mechanized infantry
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry CFB Edmonton 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Light infantry. Includes a parachute company.
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) Edmonton, Alberta 41 Canadian Brigade Group Reserve Force. Light Infantry

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton is a Canadian Military base located in Edmonton, Alberta. ... Motto: Fortis et liber (Latin: Strong and free) Official languages English (see below) Flower   Wild rose Tree Lodgepole Pine Bird Great Horned Owl Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 28 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of total... Mechanized infantry are infantry equipped with armored personnel carriers (APCs), or infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for transport and combat (see also mechanized force). ... Canadian Forces Base Shilo (or CFB Shilo) is an Operations and Training base of the Canadian Armed Forces located 35 km East of Brandon, Manitoba. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) Official languages English and French, per mandate of the Constitution Act 1982 Flower Prairie Crocus Tree White Spruce Bird Great Grey Owl Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 14... Traditionally light infantry (or skirmishers) were soldiers whose job was to provide a skirmishing screen ahead of the main body of infantry, harassing and delaying the enemy advance. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ...

Armourial description of badge

The cipher of Princess Patricia of Connaught (VP) enfiling a coronet (gold) within an annulus (crimson) edged and inscribed PRINCESS PATRICIA'S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY (also gold) ensigned by the royal crown proper. Princess Patricia of Connaught (Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth; later Lady Patricia Ramsay; 17 March 1886 – 12 January 1974) was a member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. ...


Regimental names

1914: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.


Battle honours


1. granted ca. 2000 with perpetuation of 260th Battalion, CSEF. Combatants France United Kingdom Australia Canada Newfoundland German Empire Commanders Horace Smith-Dorrien Albrecht of Württemberg Strength 8 infantry divisions 7 infantry divisions Casualties 70,000 dead, wounded, or missing 35,000 dead, wounded, or missing The Second Battle of Ypres was the first time Germany used chemical weapons... Passchendaele village, before and after the Battle of Passchendaele The Battle of Passchendaele, otherwise known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was one of the major battles of World War I, fought by British, ANZAC, and Canadian soldiers against the German army near Ypres (Ieper in Flemish) in West Flanders... Combatants British Empire Australia Canada New Zealand United Kingdom France German Empire Commanders Douglas Haig Hubert Gough Herbert Plumer Arthur Currie Max von Gallwitz Erich Ludendorff Strength Unknown Unknown Casualties 448,000 killed and wounded 260,000 killed and wounded The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third... Combatants United Kingdom, France, Canada, Australia Germany Commanders Henry Rawlinson Georg von der Marwitz Strength 4 Aus. ... Combatants United Kingdom Australia Canada New Zealand Newfoundland South Africa France German Empire Commanders Douglas Haig Joseph Joffre Max von Gallwitz Fritz von Below Strength 13 British and 11 French divisions (initial) 51 British and 48 French divisions (final) 10½ divisions (initial) 50 divisions (final) Casualties 419,654 British Empire... The Hindenburg Line was a vast system of defences in Northern France constructed by the Germans during the winter of 1916– 17 during World War I; the Germans called it the Siegfried Line. ... The Battle of Arras took place from 9 April to 16 May 1917. ... The Battle of Vimy Ridge was one of the opening battles in a larger British campaign known as the Battle of Arras. ... Husky was also the codename of Australian military support to Sierra Leone ending in February 2003. ... Husky was also the codename of Australian military support to Sierra Leone ending in February 2003. ... The Adolf Hitler Line was a German defensive line in central Italy during the Second World War. ... German defensive positions in Northern Italy 1944 370th Infantry Regiment walking toward the mountains at north of Prato - april 1945 The Gothic Line, also known as Linea Gotica, formed Field Marshal Albert Kesselrings last line of defence along the summits of the Apennines during the fighting retreat of Nazi... The Battle of Kapyong was waged during the Korean War. ...


Victoria Cross recipients

Missing image Photo by Terry Macdonald George Harry Mullin (VC, MM) was an American recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... Combatants British Empire Australia Canada New Zealand United Kingdom France German Empire Commanders Douglas Haig Hubert Gough Herbert Plumer Arthur Currie Max von Gallwitz Erich Ludendorff Strength Unknown Unknown Casualties 448,000 killed and wounded 260,000 killed and wounded The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third... Hugh McKenzie (VC, DCM, Croix de Guerre (France)) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... Combatants British Empire Australia Canada New Zealand United Kingdom France German Empire Commanders Douglas Haig Hubert Gough Herbert Plumer Arthur Currie Max von Gallwitz Erich Ludendorff Strength Unknown Unknown Casualties 448,000 killed and wounded 260,000 killed and wounded The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third... Robert Spall was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ...

Princess Pat and the Ric-A-Dam-Doo

"The Ric-A-Dam-Doo" is the Patricias' regimental song, and holds a special place in the regiment's history. Long in the public domain, the song was first composed and sung by soldiers in 1916. The selection of verses here describes some regimental history, and the origin of the unique title of the song, which refers to the regimental colours.

The Princess Pat's Battalion
They sailed across the Herring Pond,
They sailed across the Channel too,
And landed there with the Ric-A-Dam-Doo
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.
The Bombers of the Princess Pat's
Are scared of naught, excepting rats,
They're full of pep and dynamite too,
They'd never lose the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.
Old Hammy Gault, our first PP,
He led this band across the sea,
He'd lose an arm, or leg or two
Before he'd lose the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.
And then we came to Sicily.
We leapt ashore with vim and glee.
The Colonel said the Wops are through
Let's chase the Hun with the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.
The Ric-A-Dam-Doo, pray what is that?
'Twas made at home by Princess Pat,
It's Red and Gold and Royal Blue,
That's what we call the Ric-A-Dam-Doo,
Dam-Doo, Dam-Doo.

Order of precedence

Preceded by:
The Royal Canadian Regiment
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Succeeded by:
Royal 22e Régiment

The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) is an infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. ... Badge of Le Royal 22e Régiment The Royal 22e Régiment is an infantry regiment and the most famous francophone organization of the Canadian Forces. ...

Alliances

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Cap badge of the Royal Green Jackets The Royal Green Jackets is an infantry regiment of the British Army, one of two within the Light Division (the other being The Light Infantry). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... Cap badge of the Royal Australian Regiment The Royal Australian Regiment is the main regular infantry formation in the Australian Army. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... The Hauraki Regiment is a Territorial Force unit of the New Zealand Army. ...

References

  1. ^ Maclean's Magazine; May 16, 2006: 'We were abandoned'

See also

// The Unknown Warrior On November 11, 1920, an unidentified British soldier from a battlefield of the First World War was buried at the western end of the Nave of Westminster Abbey. ... Traditionally light infantry (or skirmishers) were soldiers whose job was to provide a skirmishing screen ahead of the main body of infantry, harassing and delaying the enemy advance. ... Soldiers from Arkansas Army National Guard practice marksmanship at their new sniper range near Baghdad, Iraq on February 15, 2005. ...

External links

  • Canadian Department of National Defence - 1st Battalion
  • Canadian Department of National Defence - 2nd Battalion
  • Canadian Department of National Defence - 3rd Battalion
  • PPCLI WOs & Senior NCOs Club (retired)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1150 words)
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is an infantry regiment in the Canadian Forces (CF), belonging to 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG).
The Canadian Department of Militia and Defence undertook the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the regiment.
Although battle honours are awarded on a regimental basis, and the whole of the PPCLI carries Kapyong on its colours, the distinction of bearing this streamer belongs to the 2nd Battalion PPCLI alone and is carried on the battalion's regimental colour.
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry - Royal Heritage Trust Library Shelf (760 words)
Princess Patricia was born in Buckingham Palace on 17 March 1886, as we are told by Major-General Sir George Aston in His Royal Highness The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn: A Life and Intimate Study.
While the Princess carried on her untiring support of her father's activities in Canada throughout the first years of World War I, it is unlikely that her name would be as well-known, without her having been closely associated with the raising of this, her "own" Canadian regiment.
Princess Patricia kept a scrap-book of items that concerned her regiment, and she took the greatest personal interest in all the men, even knitting for them.
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