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Month: July 2015

The detached battalion

The detached battalion

In the Battle of Frezenberg, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry would give no ground The Canadian Division’s ordeal at Ypres in Belgium ended on April 27, 1915, when the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade was withdrawn to join other brigades in reserve. However, one Canadian infantry battalion, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), was left in the Ypres Salient, the section of the battle line jutting into Germany territory. The PPCLI had been the brainchild of Hamilton Gault, a wealthy Montrealer who offered $100,000 to equip and train a battalion comprised of veterans of the British Army who had moved to Canada. Captain Gault, a veteran of the Boer War, was promoted to major and served as second in command to a professional British officer, Lieutenant-Colo...

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