August 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Top marks to the Canadian government for re-instating the “Royal” prefix to their Navy & Air force. St C has had the pleasure of serving in action alongside our Canuck brethren in Bosnia & Afghanistan, and holds them in the highest esteem. They rank close to the top of the last of the martial races.

They have some wonderfully named Regiments & Units and (sad spotter that he is) St C often takes delight in reading the Canadian Order of Battle for Normandy just to immerse himself in the history that the names evoke.

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

Royal 22e Régiment (with the great moto (Je Me Souviens)

5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada

1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Being just 4 of those that I was lucky enough to serve with.

Possibly my favourite two names are

Le Regément de Maisonneuve and Lord Strathcona’s Horse. How sad that we in the UK have ruined our own regimental names, leaving ourselves with the sanitized “The Rifles” and “The Mercian Regiment”.

BZ Canada, BZ