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The Royal Winnipeg Rifles



Armorial Description

A maltese Cross with a tablet above surmounted by the Crown; on the centre of the Cross a medallion edged by an annulus inscribed ROYAL WINNIPEG RIFLES; on the medallion a naked black devil running on a scroll bearing the regimental motto HOSTI ACIE NOMINATI; in the devil's right hand a trident and offering a chalice with his left; encircling the Cross a wreath of maple leaves within a spiral riband scroll inscribed with the battle honours which are placed in pairs one over the other on each visible turning of the scroll; the battle honours are as follows: on the tablet below the Crown, FISH CREEK and BATOCHE; on the dexter side of the wreath from the top downward, YPRES, 1915,'17 and MOUNT SORREL; VIMY 1917 and PASSCHENDAELE; DROCOURT-QUEANT and NORMANDY LANDING; CARPIQUET and CALAIS, 1944; LEOPOLD CANAL and THE RHINE; on the sinister side FESTUBERT, 1915 and SOMME, 1916; HILL 70 and AMIENS; CANAL DU NORD and PUTOT-EN-BESSIN; FALAISE and THE SCHELDT; MOYLAND WOOD and N.W. EUROPE, 1944-45; on the portion of the battle honour scroll on the base of the wreath NORTH-WEST CANADA, 1885 and SOUTH AFRICA, 1899-1900.


Official Abbreviation: R Wpg Rif

Motto: Hosti Acie Nominati (Named by the enemy in battle)


Battle Honours (44)

Early History

    FISH CREEK
    NORTH-WEST CANADA, 1885
    BATOCHE
    SOUTH AFRICA, 1899,1900
First World War
    YPRES, 1915,'17
    Arleux
    Gravenstafel
    HILL 70
    St. Julien
    PASSCHENDAELE
    FESTUBERT, 1915
    AMIENS
    MOUNT SORREL
    Scarpe, 1918
    SOMME, 1916
    DROCOURT-QUEANT
    Thiepval
    Hindenburg Line
    Ancre Heights
    CANAL DU NORD
    Arras, 1917,18
    Pursuit to Mons
    VIMY, 1917
    France and Flanders, 1915-18
Second World War
    NORMANDY LANDING
    THE SCHELDT
    PUTOT-EN-BESSIN
    LEOPOLD CANAL
    Caen
    Breskens Pocket
    CARPIQUET
    The Rhineland
    The Orne
    Waal Flats
    Bourguebus Ridge
    MOYLAND WOOD
    FALAISE
    THE RHINE
    The Laison
    Emmerich-Hoch Elten
    The Seine, 1944
    Deventer
    CALAIS, 1944
    NORTH-WEST EUROPE, 1944-45

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Today in Military History

February 8



1894:

William Avery 'Billy' Bishop, VC, fighter ace & father of the RCAF, is born in Owen Sound, ON.


1943:

The Italian Submarine Avorio is cornered and sunk by HMCS REGINA in the Mediterranean.


1945:

Operation Veritable, Canadian and British troops launch offensive near Nijmegen to capture Reichwald area


1945:

THE REICHSWALD, effective dates for battle honour to begin


1945:

THE RHINELAND, effective dates for battle honour to begin (to 10 Mar 45)




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