A History of The Air Cavalry Regiments of Canada
by Fred Herriot
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These files here are information files meant to explain about the fictitious tactical aviation military units of the Canadian Armed Forces I often refer to in my various stories on this website's affiliated fan fiction website. As these files don't actually fit the pre-requisite for a "fan fiction" story, I have posted them here.
PLEASE NOTE that — except for background historical information concerning higher formations and other units of the armed services of Canada and other nations — none of what is contained in these files does exist or has ever existed in real life.
Each of the files listed here are composed as if the units and formations noted here were actual units of Her Majesty's Armed Forces of Canada as such would appear in official publications. Each file is split into the following parts:
Title — The official name of the unit/formation in question, given in the operational language of the unit (English or French). For the Air Cavalry Corps entry and the entries of several bilingual regiments, the official name is given in both languages. Following the unit/formation title will be the standard abbreviated "short title" that is used within the military.
Badge — A description of the unit/formation hat badge as worn on one's headdress. Atop that, a note on the significance of the badge is included.
Shoulder Titles — The unit identification titles worn of the epaulettes of the dress uniform jacket or the epaulette slip-on sleeves on other jackets (such as the combat uniform jacket) or underlying shirts. The dress uniform jacket always bears a metal shoulder title while epaulette slip-on sleeves always bear a cloth shoulder title.
Motto — The official motto of the unit/formation (if any).
March Past — The official marching music of the unit/formation. Each march past is described by the pace of the march the music is used for.
Alliances and Bonds of Friendship — The names of units/formations of other nations that the unit/formation in question is formally allied to (if from another country of the Commonwealth of Nations) or has formed a bond of friendship with (if from a country outside the Commonwealth such as the United States or France). Each listing will be broken down according to the nation and arm of service.
Affiliation — The names of units/formations of other elements of the Canadian Armed Forces that the unit/formation holds a one-on-one affiliation with. Normally, this type of affiliation is with units/formations of the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, but affiliations with units of the Canadian Army are also possible.
Battle Honours — The listing of battle and campaign credits given to the unit in question for its participation in armed conflict. Such honours are broken down by actual individual conflict (the War of 1812 [1812-15], the Fenian Raids of 1866-71, the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, the First World War of 1914-18, the Second World War of 1939-45 and the Korean War of 1950-53). Any honour that is shown in bold text denotes those credits that appear on a unit's guidon or standard (or for former rifle regiment units, their hat badge).
Home Station — Where the unit/formation is traditionally headquartered.
Lineage — The short history of the unit from time of formation to today, including all name changes, assignments to particular administrative corps and placement on the Supplementary Order of Battle (in effect, disbanded in all but name).
Perpetuation — The names of past units that a particular unit is meant to "perpetuate" as a way of honouring the past units' actions in the present-day unit.
Operational History — A detailed look of what the unit did during specific actions to better expand what was described in the battle honours notations and elsewhere.
Camp Flag — As regiments of the Canadian Army do NOT carry their official ceremonial colours into the field anymore, camp flags were devised as a way of marking a unit's location in the field or in garrison. Each camp flag is noted with an official description of the flag and the significance of the flag's symbols.
Tartan — For Highland-descent units, the official tartan pattern of the unit in question as worn with the dress uniform.
Headdress — For Highland-descent and rifle-descent units, the official headdress of the unit in question as worn with all uniforms save when in combat. Note that the standard headdress for all elements of the Air Cavalry is a buff gold-coloured beret.
Writer's Notes — Notes that further expand on the concepts introduced here in these files, thus sparing readers the need to Google a term or search for it in Wikipedia. I will try to do my best to expand on anything that isn't very clear.
1. The Royal Canadian Corps of Air Cavalry
2. 10th Saskatchewan Cavalry Regiment of Canada (Air)
3. The Royal London Rifles (1st Canadian Regiment) (RCCAC)
4. le 20e Fusiliers (du Québec-Nord) du Canada (CCRCA)
5. 4th Canadian Cavalry (Air)
6. The Malden Dragoons (RCCAC)
7. The British Columbia Mounted Rifles (RCCAC)
8. 1st Aviation Support Regiment (RCCAC)
9. 6th Aviation Support Regiment (RCCAC)
10. The Queen's Own Toronto Dragoon Guards (RCCAC)
11. The Frontenac Regiment (RCCAC)
12. The Haldimand and Welland Cavalry Regiment (Air)
13. The Wellington and Halton Cavalry Regiment (Air)
14. The Carleton and York Scottish Light Infantry (RCCAC)
15. The Prescott and Russell Regiment (RCCAC)
16. The Algoma Regiment (RCCAC)
17. The Manitoba Light Horse (RCCAC)
18. The Kenora Light Infantry (RCCAC)
19. Les Carabiniers du Montréal (CCRCA)
20. Les Rangers d'Argenteuil (CCRCA)
21. Les Carabiniers de Beauharnois (CCRCA)
22. La Cavalerie du Saint-Laurent (Aérien)
23. The Annapolis Regiment (RCCAC)
24. The Newfoundland Cavalry Rangers (Air)
25. The West Alberta Rifles (Princess Royal's) (RCCAC)
26. The Rocky Mountain Dragoons (RCCAC)
27. The Queen's Own Vancouver Island Regiment (RCCAC)
28. 2nd Aviation Support Regiment (RCCAC)
29. 3e Régiment d'Aviation d'Appui (CCRCA)
30. 4th Aviation Support Regiment (RCCAC)
31. 5e Régiment d'Aviation d'Appui (CCRCA)
32. 7th Aviation Support Regiment (RCCAC)
33. 8th Aviation Support Regiment (RCCAC)
34. The Air Cavalry School
35. Order of Precedence
36. Formation Assignment History
37. Air Cavalry Regiment Equipment Types
To be continued…