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Vimy Ridge War Diaries
On the 9th of April, 1917 – 100 years ago – members of South-Central Ontario’s 4th Battalion, part of the 1st Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force, joined about 15,000 of their fellow Canadian soldiers over the top of their trenches and attacked German positions atop Vimy Ridge in northern France. By day’s end, the majority of the ridge was in Canadian hands, and by 12 April, it was all over. The ridge was ours – and it’s been ours ever since. Click to read full story.
RHLI AWARDED 44TH BATTLE HONOUR "AFGHANISTAN" THEATRE HONOUR ANNOUNCED BY PRIME MINISTER
The RHLI have been awarded the national honour "Afghanistan" for our commitment to Canada's longest and most recent conflict. The Prime Minister made the announcement during the "National Day of Honour" ceremonies on Parliament Hill on May 9th, 2014, and the list was released the next day.
The honour is a "theatre" honour, and not for any one particular battle. 63 Canadian Army units (including our sister regiment, the Argylls) were awarded the distinction, along with the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, 4 Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons, and 15 Royal Canadian Navy ships.
The award was based on specific criteria:
"Units of the Canadian Army will be granted the Theatre Honour "Afghanistan" if their cumulative contribution of personnel reached a minimum level of 20 per cent of the effective strength of the originating unit in the geographical area of Afghanistan."
With more than 40 members of the RHLI volunteering for Afghanistan, many of them more than once, the RHLI qualified easily for the honour. The honour carries a special distinction shared with the "South African War" honour, in that they are the only two where the RHLI did not suffer any fatal casualties.
Looking for an exciting job with some purpose?
The RHLI offers challenging, exciting and rewarding opportunities in both Burlington and Hamilton for full-time summer or part-time year-round careers with a beginning pay of $85.00/day. Be sure to visit your local recruiting office, or contact the RHLI in Burlington (905-634-0711, or 905-971-1742) or in Hamilton (905-972-4001).
No prior experience is necessary; we will train you. The BMQ (Basic Military Qualification) Course will introduce you to life as a soldier. You will be taught how to use the C7 Canadian Service Rifle. You will learn skills such as navigation and basic fieldcraft. You will also learn job-transferable skills such as teamwork, self-discipline, and first aid.
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