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1903: The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps is authorized: Nil Sine Labore
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1944: LAMONE CROSSING, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 13 Dec 44)
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1944: CAPTURE OF RAVENNA, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 4 Dec 44)
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300: Saint Barbara Day (Patron Saint of Artillery), 1950: The Evacuation of Chinnampo, South Korea, 1944: Canadians enter Ravenna
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1978: The Soviet Union signs a 'friendship treaty' with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan., 1964: Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon of Saugerties, New York is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war., 1943: THE MORO, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 7 Dec 43), 1934: Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city., 1875: General Arthur Currie, future commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I, is born in Napperton, Ontario.
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1942: With the German Army 40 km from Red Square, the Red Army launches a counteroffensive all along the front, 1917: The Halifax Explosion, 1917: Finland declares its independence from Russia., 1240: Mongol invasion of Rus: Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.
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1975: Indonesia invades East Timor., 1949: Chinese Civil War: The government of the Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei., 1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbour, 1941: HMCS Windflower is lost on the Grand Banks, 1941: Canada declares war on Japan, Finland, Hungary and Romania, 1917: World War I: United States declares war on Austria-Hungary., 1837: Skirmish between Militia and patriots at Montgomery's Tavern, 1815: Michel Ney, Marshal of France, is executed by firing squad, after being convicted of treason for his support of Napoleon Bonaparte.
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1991: The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States., 1941: World War II: Pacific War - After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour the U.S. Congress passes a declaration of war against Japan., 1941: HONG KONG, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 9 Mar 42), 1914: World War I: Battle of the Falkland Islands - The Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee is engaged by the Royal Navy.
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1992: US Marines land in Somalia, 1961: Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel., 1946: The Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals began with the Doctors' Trial, the trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity began for medical researchers involved in the horrors of Nazi human experimentation., 1945: American General George S. Patton is injured in an automobile crash in occupied Germany. He dies twelve days later., 1944: British Eigth Army suspends offensive in Italy, 1941: China and Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea declares war on Germany, and Italy., 1940: World War II: British Army attacks Italian forces in North Africa., 1937: Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanjing begins., 1861: Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War created by the U.S. Congress, 1835: The Army of the Republic of Texas captures San Antonio, 1824: Battle of Ayacucho - Peru defeats Spain
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1949: Chinese Civil War: The Red Army begins its siege of Chengdu, the last KMT-held city on mainland China. Chiang Kai-shek leaves for Taiwan., 1945: In Aurich, Germany, the trial of SS Brigadier Kurt Meyer on war crimes charges begins before a General Court Martial made up of front-line officers of the Canadian Army., 1943: THE GULLY, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 19 Dec 43), 1941: Japanese forces land in the Philippines, capture Guam and sink the British ships HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse., 1939: First Canadian Contingent sails from Halifax for England, 1898: A treaty is signed in Paris that officially ends the Spanish-American War., 1864: U.S. Civil War: William Tecumseh Sherman reaches Savannah, Georgia, ending his "March to the Sea".
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1862: The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment): Semper Paratus (Always ready)
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1944: NAVIGLIO CANAL, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 15 Dec 44)
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1937: Nanking falls to the Japanese, followed by the brutal "Rape of Nanking", up to 200,000 Chinese massacred (to 5 Feb 38)
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1943: VC won by A/Maj Paul Triquet, Royal 22e Regiment, Casa Berardi, Italy, 1751: The Theresian Military Acadamy, the first Military Academy in the world, is founded
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1936: The Windsor Regiment: Semper Paratus (Always ready), 1936: The Governor General's Horse Guards: Nulli Secundus (Second To None), 1936: 26 Field Regiment RCA created, 1915: Resignation of Sir John French, succeeded by Sir Douglas Haid as Commander in Chief
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1944: FOSSO VECCHIO, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 18 Dec 44), 1939: 1st Canadian Division leaves Canada for England
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1944: Massacre of US troops near Malmedy by SS troops of Kampfgruppe Peiper, 1939: Canadian troops to arrive in Britain, 1939: British Commonwealth Air Training Plan agreement signed
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1944: Canadian operations in Italy: The RCR cross the Vecchio Canal
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1964: Halifax Nova Scotia - Royal Canadian Navy commissions HMCS Annapolis; 20th ship in destroyer escort program., 1941: VC won by CSM John Robert Osborn, 1st Battalion, The Winnipeg Grenadiers, Hong Kong (posthumous), 1917: Canadian Conscription law becomes effective
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1883: The Royal Canadian Regiment: Pro Patria (For country), 1883: The Royal Canadian Dragoons
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1944: US troops under McAuliffe encircled at Bastogne refuse German surrender terms, 1943: VILLA GRANDE, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 28 Dec 43), 1919: The Air Board submits a memo to the Privy Council proposing to create the Canadian Air Force
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1935: Italians begin using mustard gas in Ethiopia, 1900: The Second (Special Service) Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment arrives in Halifax from South Africa and is disbanded
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1944: HMCS Clayoquot is torpedoed by a U-boat and sinks in the Halifax approaches., 1900: British authorities accept an offer of postal clerks for service in South Africa: this unit is called the Canadian Postal Contingent
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1943: Canadians celebrate Christmas in Ortona, 1941: Hong Kong surrenders, 1914: World War I: The Christmas truce: Just after midnight on Christmas morning, German and British troops on the Western Front cease firing their guns and artillery and sing Christmas carols. Crossing the No man's land, they trade gifts with the enemy forces that face them. They also played a game of football with a makeshift ball (fashioned by the Germans) This truce lasts for several days, depending on the location., 1776: American War of Independence: George Washington and his army crossed the Delaware River to launch a surprise attack on Hessian mercenaries at the Battle of Trenton.
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1939: First squadron of Australian airmen arrive in Britain
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1942: The RCR participate in assault landing practice, Scotland
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1915: British cabinet decides for Compulsion-single men before married ones
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1943: POINT 34 or TORRE MUCCHIA, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 4 Jan 44)
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1943: The RCR celebrate Christmas Dinner astride the Villa Grand Road, Italy, following actions in the Moro River and Ortona
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1927: The use of the lance in the British Army abandoned, except for ceremonial use