Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry: 1914-1984 Seventy Years Service - Jeffery WilliamsLondon: Leo Cooper in association with Secker & Warburg, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Appendices (5);
From the cover: “When Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry was formed in 1914 by Hamilton Gault, it was probably the last military unit to be raised by a-private individual for service under the Crown. Manned by veterans of every regular regiment but one in Britain and Canada, superbly officered, it was a gift much to the sovereign’s taste. Lord Kitchener, who accompanied the King on an inspection, looked at the service ribbons and grumbled, Now I know where all my old soldiers have got to. Before the end of the year, the Patricia’s were in France in a division of British regulars and it was with the skill and dedication of professionals that they stopped the best of the German army at Ypres. They were remarkably durable, fighting in October, 1918, with the same aggressiveness and success as they had at Frezenburg, Vimy and Passchendaele. Fittingly, it was a fighting patrol of the Patricia’s which led the way into Mons on the night of 10 November, 1918 — the only battalion which could claim a blood relationship with all those British regiments whose war had begun there in 1914.
They were back in England again in 1939. From the landings in Sicily they fought their way up Italy until March, 1945, when they moved with the rest of their corps to join the First Canadian Army in Holland. In Korea in 1950 the Patricia’s were again the first Canadians in action. For the first time there was more than one battalion in the Regiment. It was represented continuously in the Commonwealth Division until the war ended.
There are three regular battalions of Patricia’s in the Canadian Forces today. In peacetime, they have kept Greek and Turk apart in Cyprus, fought forest fires in Saskatchewan, guarded Federal penitentiaries and Olympic athletes, searched for Russian spacecraft and explored the Arctic Archipelago. This is the story of a regiment which has a priceless flair for making good men into superb soldiers.”