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2003: Operation Iraqi Freedom officially ends, though mop up operations continue for months, 1920: The Toronto Scottish Regiment: Carry on, 1876: Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India
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1952: POCHON-NI, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 3 May 53), 1945: Berlin surrenders to the Allies, 1885: Infantry School Corps in action, Cutknife Creek, Northwest Rebellion
» 3 - Week 19
1917: VC won by Lt Robert Grierson Combe, 27th Battalion, CEF, Acheville, France (posthumous), 1911: The Royal Canadian Postal Corps is authorized: Servire Armatis
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1982: "HMS Sheffield hit by Argentinian Exocet Missile", 1942: Battle of Coral Sea (to 8 May 42); first naval battle fought entirely with aircraft from carriers out of each others sight, 1910: Canadian Navy was created by the Naval Service Act, 1471: Battle of Tewksbury
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1942: Japanese advance into China along Burma Road
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1942: US and Filipino troops on Corregidor surrender to the Japanese, 1898: The Yukon Field Force departs Ottawa
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1945: Unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies, signed at Eisenhower's HQ at Rhiems, 1915: Lusitania torpedoed, 1198 lost, 1867: VC won by Dr (Asst-Surg) Campbell Mallis Douglas, 24th (Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot (British Army), Island of Little Andaman, The Burma Campaign
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1954: The French are defeated at Dien Bien Phu, 1945: Marked th official V.E. day for Allied countries, 1945: German unconditional surrender, 1915: FREZENBURG, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 13 May 15)
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1943: Sevastopol retaken by the Russians
» 10 - Week 20
1940: German troops invade Netherlands, Luxembourg and France, 1940: DIEPPE, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 19 Aug 42), 1918: VC won by Rowland Richard Louis Bourke, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Ostend, Belgium
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1945: APELDOORN, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 17 May 45), 1944: CASSINO II, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 18 May 44), 1944: 1st Canadian Armoured Div attacks the Gustav Line
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1944: SANT ANGELO IN TEODICE, 1943: U-753 sunk by HMS Lagan, 1940: Churchill's "blood and toil" speech
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1955: Creation of the Warsaw Pact, 1944: PIGNATARO, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 15 May 44)
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1944: Birth date of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Enginners, 1915: FESTUBERT, 1915, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 25 May 15)
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1940: BEF begins withdrawal West of Brussels, 1916: British Military Service Bill extending compulsion to married men passes the Commons
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1963: WO II Walter (Rocky) Leja of the 3rd Field Engineer Regiment was critically injured while defusing a mailbox bomb in Westmount, Quebec. He was awarded the George Medal., 1889: The Governor General's Horse Guards: Nulli Secundus
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1972: 2 Royal Marines SBS parachuted alongside QE2 to search for a bomb., 1944: LIRI VALLEY, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 30 May 44), 1944: HITLER LINE, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 24 May 44)
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1915: Age limit for British recruits set at 40
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1956: The first American hydrogen bomb is dropped over the Bikini Atoll
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1982: Falkland campaign - The Landings in San Carlos Water - 3 Commando Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron RM, 1941: Germans capture Maleme airfield, Crete, after heavy fighting, 1921: Birthday of Sgt. Aubrey Cosens VC
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1982: Falklands Campaign - Landing at Ajax Bay - Commando Logistic Regiment RM, 1944: ROME, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 4 June 44)
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1947: The Canadian Rangers are authorized, 1944: Canadian First Infantry Division Assault the 'Hitler Line'.At a cost of 879 casualties the line falls
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1944: VC won by Maj John Keefer Mahoney, The Westminster Regiment (Motor), Melfa River, Italy, 1944: MELFA CROSSING, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 25 May 44), 1819: Queen Victoria born
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1953: First atomic shell fired in Nevada
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1944: CEPRANO, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 27 May 44), 1940: Operation Dynamo begins; evacuation of 338,226 allied troops at Dunkirk, 1722: The Royal Artillery is formed. This day is observed in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery as Artillery Day. (The origins of the RCA are too diverse for them to agree on one regimental birthday.)
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1941: The Bismarck is sunk, 1917: Germans threaten to sink on sight all hospital ships in the Mediterranean
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1952: THE HOOK, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 29 May 53)
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1982: 3 Cdo Bde captured Darwin and Goose Green., 1940: Evacuation of Dunkirk begins
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1951: CHAIL-LI, 1944: TORRICE CROSSROADS
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1916: Major F.J.W. Harvey, Royal Marine Infantry, awarded the Victoria Cross, at the Battle of Jutland, 1872: 1st Hussars: Hodie Non Cras