John’s Believe It Or Not… February 27th

* 1900 – Royal Canadian Regiment plays a decisive role in the Battle of Paardeburg. * 1827 New Orleanians take to the streets for Mardi Gras * 1897 Britain recognizes U.S. authority over Western Hemisphere * 1973 AIM occupation of Wounded Knee begins * 1936 Shirley Temple receives $50 thousand per film

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* 1900 – Royal Canadian Regiment plays a decisive role in the Battle of Paardeburg.

On 18 February 1900, British forces began to besiege a Boer army commanded by General Piet Cronje at Paardeberg Drift on the banks of the Modder River. Among the attacking force were 31 officers and 866 other ranks of the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry. This was the first major Canadian action of the South African War. The first day’s assault was extremely bloody, with the Canadians suffering 18 dead and 60 wounded, their worst losses in a single day during the war. The British high command decided to wait out the surrounded Boers.  Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 27th”

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