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1984: 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines formed, 1919: The regular component of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals is authorized: Velox - Versutus - Vigilans, 1912: The Fort Garry Horse, 1911: The British Columbia Dragoons: Quansem Hep, 1910: The Royal Westminster Regiment: Pro Rege et Patria (For king and country), 1910: The Kings Own Calgary Regiment: Onward, 1910: The Calgary Highlanders: Onward, 1910: Les Fusiliers de Sherbrooke: Droit au But (To the point), 1910: 14 (Calgary) Service Battalion - Dleasdanach Os Cionn Gagh Ni (Duty Above All), 1908: The Rocky Mountain Rangers: Kloshe Nanitch (Keep a good lookout or Ever watchful), 1908: The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry): Fears no foe
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1951: NATO Allied Command (Europe) established, 1945: TWENTE CANAL, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 4 Apr 45), 1917: President Wilson asks Congress to declare "a state of war" with Germany
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1951: KAPYONG-CHON, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 16 Apr 51), 1943: Corporal T. P. Hunter, 43 Commando Royal Marines awarded the Victoria Cross, Italy, 1917: Major F.W. Lumsden , DSO, Royal Marine Artillery awarded the Victoria Cross, France
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1945: 11 Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry soldiers killed in action liberating Zutphen, Netherlands., 1942: Squadron Leader L.J. Birchall and his crew, flying a PBY-5 flying boat, spot a Japanese naval force heading for the island of Ceylon. Their warning allowed the island's defenders to prepare for the Japanese attempt to take the island, an attack which fail, 1918: Battle of the AVRE, 1916: Canadian soldiers relieve British troops on the Western Front at St. Eloi. By daybreak the troops will come under heavy German artillery which will decimate their packed ranks., 1848: 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's): Regi Patriaeque Fidelis
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1943: Japanese planes attack Colombo, capital of Ceylon., 1916: Military Medal instituted, 1915: King George V prohibits use of alcoholic drinks in any of the royal households
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1917: USA declares war on Germany, 1871: 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North): Siol Na Fear Fearail (Breed of manly men)
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1945: Battle of East China Sea, Japanese battleship Yamato sunk
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1945: DEVENTER, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 11 Apr 45)
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1917: VIMY, 1917, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 14 Apr 17), 1917: VC won by Pte William Johnstone Milne, 16th Battalion, CEF, Vimy Ridge, France (posthumous), 1917: VC won by L/Sgt Ellis Wellwood Sifton, 18th Battalion, CEF, Vimy Ridge, France (posthumous), 1917: VC won by Capt Thain Wendell MacDowell, 38th Battalion, CEF, Vimy Ridge, France, 1917: ARRAS, 1917, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 4 May 17), 1869: Les Fusiliers du Saint-Laurant: J'y Suis En Garde (I am on guard), 1869: Le Regiment de la Chaudiere: Aere Prennius (Truer than steel)
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1937: The Foreign Enlistment Act is passed by Parliament, 1918: MESSINES, 1918, 1917: Total Canadian overseas enlistments to date: 407,302
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1945: APELDOORN, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 17 Apr 45)
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1945: ARNHEM, 1945, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 14 Apr 45)
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1945: GRONINGEN, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 16 Apr 45), 1918: Battle of BALLEUL
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1945: FRIESOYTHE
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1945: IJSSELMEER, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 18 Apr 45), 1942: King George VI awards George Cross to Island of Malta
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1945: Beginning of Red Army offensive against Berlin. US troops reach Nuremburg; POW camp at Colditz Castle liberated
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1945: KUSTEN CANAL, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 24 Apr 45), 1918: First battle of KEMMEL RIDGE, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 19 Apr 18)
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1942: Doolittle leads first US bomber raid on Tokyo
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1915: Sir John French denies that the British have used poison gas
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1943: Warsaw ghetto massacre of Jews begins, 56,000 are killed by May 16, 1889: Hitlers birth date
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1941: Greek Army surrenders to Germans
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1951: THE IMJIN, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 25 Apr 51), 1951: KAPYONG, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 25 Apr 51), 1915: YPRES, 1915, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 25 May 15), 1915: The 10th Bn CEF fight in the Battle of St. Julien., 1915: Poison gas first used by Germans, German advance checked by Canadians following French retreat, 1915: GRAVENSTAFEL, effective dates for battle honour begin
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1945: DELFIJL POCKET, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 2 May 45), 1945: Batlle of Delfzijl, 1918: The raid on Zeebrugge, 1918: Sergeant N. A. Finch Royal Marine Artillery awarded the Victoria Cross, 1918: Captain E. Bamford, Royal Marine Light Infantry awarded the Victoria Cross, 1915: VC won by L/Cpl Frederick Fisher, 13th Battalion, CEF, St Julien, Belgium (posthumous)
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1916: Easter uprising Dublin, Ireland, 1915: VC won by Lt Edward Donald Bellew, 7th Battalion, CEF, Near Keerselaere, Belgium, 1915: VC won by Colour-Sergeant Frederick William Hall, 8th Battalion, CEF, Ypres, Belgium (posthumous), 1885: The Battle of Fish Creek
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1951: The PPCLI relieved at Kapyong, 1915: VC won by Capt Francis Alexander Caron Scrimger, Canadian Army Medical Corps attached to the 14th Battalion, CEF, Ypres, France, 1915: Allie operations at Gallipoli begin
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1860: The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada: In Pace Paratus (In peace prepared)
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1945: OLDENBURG, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 5 May 45), 1921: German reparations for WW I fixed at 200 million gold marks (about $40 billion US), 1913: The March of the Lone Baptist. The RCR, Halifax
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1919: Leage of Nations founded, 1918: VC won by Capt George Burdon McKean, MC, 14th Battalion, CEF, Gavrelle Sector (near Vimy Ridge), France, 1917: ARLEUX, effective dates for battle honour begin, 1915: Galipoli Battle Honour Royal Marines
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1945: The German Army in Italy surrenders unconditionally to the Allies, 1916: General Townsend surrenders Kut to the Turks, 3000 British and 6000 Indian troops taken prisoner following 143 day seige, 1769: Duke of Wellington born
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1945: Hitlers deathdate, 1945: Hitler commits suicide, 1941: Iranian troops attack British bases and embassy in Baghdad