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The West Nova Scotia Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces, twenty fourth in the order of precedence. It has seen active service in both the Great War and World War II.The regiment recruits volunteers from all over the province of Nova Scotiamarker and has its headquarters at LFAATC Aldershotmarker, near the community of Aldershot, Nova Scotiamarker.

Early history

The regiment was formed in 1936 by a merger of the 69th Regiment, formed in 1717, and the 75th Regiment, formed in 1870. Both of these descend from the 40th Regiment of Foot (Prince of Wales Volunteers), raised in 1717 at Fort Anne, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotiamarker.

It also combines the 112th and 219th Battalions of Infantry of the World War I Canadian Expeditionary Force. It can claim to be one of the oldest elements of the Canadian Forces.Image:WestNSR.jpg|WNSR Crest

The Second World War

The regiment was mobilised for service immediately at the outbreak of The Second World War in September 1939. It had however virtually no equipment or transport, and though numerous volunteers rallied to its colours, it was some time before it was an effective fighting unit. Although the regiment soon transferred to Gourockmarker in Scotlandmarker and then to Aldershotmarker in England, it did not see active service until the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, Operation Husky.

It was then involved in the battle for Italy for most of the rest of the war, until February 9, 1945, when they received orders informing them that the 1st Canadian Corps would be transferred from Italy to Northwest Europe. The regiment moved to Marseillesmarker, Francemarker, by sea and arrived in Hollandmarker where they remained until the German surrender on May 5, 1945.

Post War

The regiment has not been on active service since the Second World War, though units of it have served in United Nations peacekeeping forces, in countries such as the former Yugoslavia, Cyprusmarker and the Middle East.

Battle honours

First World War
Arras, 1917, '18
Hill 70
Hindenburg Line
Ypres, 1917
Pursuit to Mons
Second World War
Landing in Sicili
Gustav Line
Liri Valley
Hitler Line
Melfa Crossing
Gothic Line
Sicily, 1943
Lamone Crossing
Landing at Reggio
Rimini Line
San Martino-San Lorenzo
San Fortunato
The Sangro
Savio Bridgehead

Castel di Sangro
Italy 1943-1945
The Gully
Cassino II
North-West Europe 1945


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