QC era Lord Strathcona Horse Belt Buckle
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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 embarqued for South Africa in 1899.
During WW1 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 the1st Canadian Motorcycle Regiment. Later that year, the Strathcona's became 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.
Today the Lord Straths are a regular armoured regiment of the current Canadian Forces and are currently based in Edmonton, Alberta. This regiment is 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. ...
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