The PPCLI ( My Regiment) will celebrate its 100th anniversary in August of 2014 we feel there should be a coin released honouring the 100th anniversary of the PPCLI (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) & all the men and women who serve & have served our country past & present that are members of the PPCLI.
we are trying to get as many signatures for our petition
please help us reach our goal!
The PPCLI is Canadas most known fighting unit and are the most known world wide
just to share some brife history about them
First world war
- First World War. It was the first Canadian infantry unit to enter the theatre of operations, arriving in France on December 21, 1914.
-Battle of Frezenberg established the reputation of the Patricias but at tremendous cost. When they came out of the line they had lost 500 men in three days
- took part in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele,Mount Sorrel and on the Somme,Amiens, Jigsaw Wood and Canal du Nord as part of the great battles of the Hundred Days that ended the war,
During the Battle of Passchendaele, a Patricia Lieutenant Hugh McKenzie, VC, then seconded to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, and Sergeant George Harry Mullin both earned the Victoria Cross, the highest honor in the Commonwealth. Sergeant Robert Spall won the regiment's third Victoria Cross at Parvilliers on August 12 and 13, 1917.
Second World War
Canadian Parliament declared war between Canada and Germany on September 10, 1939. The same day, the Patricias were mobilized for active service.
Leonforte, Moro River Campaign, Hitler Line, west of Monte Cassino, Gothic Line and in the assaults on San Fortunato and Rimini, took part in the liberation of the Netherlands.Shortly after, the regiment captured the city of Apeldoorn, and on May 7, 1945, it was the first allied force to enter Amsterdam,
Korean War (1950–1954)
Battle of Kapyong, 2nd Battalion, PPCLI, the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and A Company, 72nd Armored Regiment (US), were tasked with the defence of the Kapyong Valley. were tasked with the defence of the Kapyong Valley.The formation delayed the Chinese forces for three days while Unite Nations forces withdrew to a new defensive line, thus saving Seoul. For their action, these three units received the United States Presidential Unit Citation
(the only Canadian unit to recive this award, next to the JTF in 2006)
Cold War and Peacekeeping
Yugoslava , Croatia, Medak Pocket, troops, they became involved in an intense firefight. In 2002, Colonel Jim Calvin and his men were awarded the Commander-in-Chief's Unit Commendation for their bravery.
In January 22, 2002, during Operation Apollo, the Canadian contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom
and the War in Afghanistan, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, deployed to Afghanistan!!
These were the first major troops Canada sent in the theatre of operations, only preceded by a small team of Joint Task Force 2 operators in late 2001.
province of Paktiya, clearing the mountains looking for Taliban and members of Al-Qaeda.
The Canadian element of the operation, led by the United States, was composed of sixteen soldiers including six snipers. This sniper team, led by Master-Corporal Graham Ragsdale, registered more than 20 kills while Master-Corporal Arron Perry set the new world record for farthest combat kill with a rifle .50 calMcMillan Tac-50sniper rifle that killed a Taliban fighter at a distance of 2,310 metres (1.44 mi). Later on in the mission, Corporal Rob Furlong set yet a new record by firing a shot from a .50 cal McMillan Tac-50sniper rifle that killed a Taliban fighter at a distance of 2,430 metres (1.51 mi). Both shots surpassed the long-standing previous world record of 2,250 metres (1.40 mi) set by U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock during the Vietnam War. The U.S. Army awarded the team members the Bronz Star for their actions in combat.[Other Canadian snipers recorded high hit ratios and some extremely difficult shots, but remain anonymous. (Robs shot has been beat by a brit, he now, he ranks snd now)
On April 18, 2002, the 1st Battalion was involved in a highly publicized case of friendly-fire (blue on blue). The Canadian soldiers were participating in planned nighttime training exercises near Kandahar when Major Harry Schmidt, an American pilot from the IllinoisAir National Guard, flew overhead. Believing he was being fired upon by enemy soldiers, Schmidt dropped one 500-pound (230 kg) laser-guided bomb on the soldiers from his F-16. Sergeant Marc Léger, Corporal Ainsworth Dyer, Private Richard Green and Private Nathan Smith were killed instantly and eight were injured. Schmidt was court-martialed by the U.S. and convicted of dereliction of duty as a result, in what became known as the Tarnak Farm incident.
- discover networks of caves used by the Talibans and Al-Qaeda, as well as to gather intelligence in the Tora Bora region.
Zabul Province, North-West of Kandahar, to establish for the first time a coalition presence in the region.
- 2004 to February 2005, during Operation Athena,
- spring in which a record number of attacks against Canadian soldiers had been set, which included six deaths to the Canadian Forces, the Taliban in Kandahar and Helmand provinces were massing and Operation Mountain Thrust
Canadians were one of the leading combatants and the first fighting in the Battle of Panjwaii
After Operation Mountain Thrust came to an end, Taliban fighters flooded back into the Panjwaii district in numbers that had not been seen yet in a single area in the post Anaconda war. The Canadian Forces, which came under NATO command at the end of July, launched Operation Medusa in an attempt to clear the areas of Taliban fighters once and for all.
For their actions in 2006, the 1PPCLI and Task Force 1-06 were given the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation from the Governor-General of Canada