QC era Lord Strathcona Horse collar set (2 pcs)
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You are viewing a clean collar badge, set of two, for the Lord Straths, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) (LdSH [RC]). Fine brass examples with all lug style attachments original and in good order.
Today this regiment is an armored regiment of the current regular Canadian Forces and is based in Edmonton, Alberta. The regiment is presently part of Land Force Western Area 1st Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. And as of the writing of this note two squadrons of tanks are fighting in the Afghaniston Campaign. The main vehicles operated by Lord Strathcona's Horse are the Leopard Tank and the Coyote Recon Vehicle.
The Lord Straths have been around since the Boer War. They were at that time a mounted infantry unit, and were commanded by the famous Sam Steele. The original members of the regiment were members from the Northwest Mounted Police. They embarqued for South Arfica in 1899.
Duriing WW1 the regiment was again mobilized and began its training in England. In 1915, Lord Strathcona's Horse served as infantry in the trenches in France. On the 16th February 1916, the Strathcona's were reconstituted as a mounted force. On March 31,1918, in what is known as "The Last Great Cavalry Charge" at the Battle of Moreuil Wood, Gordon Flowerdrew was posthumously awarded the Victoria cross for leading his men in a successful engagement with entrenched German forces.
During July 1940, LdSH(RC) along with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, were mobilized as the1st Canadian Motorcycle Regiment. Later that year, the Strathcona's became the "2nd Armoured Regiment, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)". The Regiment trained in England for two years with Canadian built Ram Tanks and saw its first action in an armoured role in Italy fighting along side Monty's 8th army ...
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