WWII Era Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Collar Badge

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You are viewing a clean brass collar badge for the "Lord Straths", Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) (LdSH [RC]). Made by a stamping method, with both original lugs in good order. Design features still clear and distinct.

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History: Today this regiment is an armored regiment of the current Canadian Forces and is based in Edmonton, Alberta.The Lord Straths are part of Land Force Western Area 1st Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. And as of the writing of this note two squadrons are in the Afghanistan 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 commanded by the Famous Sam Steele. The original members of the regiment were from the Northwest Mounted Police. They embarked fro South Africa in 1899. 

During WWI the regiment was mobilized and began its training in England. In 1915, Lord Strathcona's Horse served as infantry in the trenches in France. On 16 February 1916, the Strathcona's were reconstituted as a mounted force. On 31 March 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. 

In July 1940, LdSH(RC) along with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, were mobilized as the 1st Canadian Motorcycle Regiment. Later that year, the Strathcona's became 2nd Armored 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 armored role in Italy.