Battle Honours of the Canadian Army

This page represents the amalgamated two-battalion regiment until 2011. Please see the following current pages:

The Nova Scotia Highlanders

Cape Breton Highlanders

The Nova Scotia Highlanders

Highlighted Battle Honours are approved for emblazonment on the Regimental Colour. Capitalized Battle Honours indicate the name of a group of battles, actions or engagements. Where common names but separate year dates created a combined battle honour title authorized as a single name for emblazonment, both have been highlighted.

On 16 Jan 2011, Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced that the name of the 2nd Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton) will be changed back to the Cape Breton Highlanders. It is yet to be confirmed by The Regimental Rogue if this constitutes a reversal of the 1958 amalgamation of regiments that formed the two battalions of the Nova Scotia Highlanders, which the renaming would appear to indicate. If this reversal is confirmed then the two remaining units, "The Nova Scotia Highlanders" and the "Cape Breton Highlanders," should revert back to their pre-amalgamation lists of battle honours.

DND News Release: Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay announces the return of the Cape Breton Highlanders

CBC News article: Cape Breton Highlanders name restored

Wars and Operations Battle Honour DateRemarks
South African War South Africa 1899-1900 

Approved for The Cumberland Highlanders (predecessor to the 1st Bn, NSH) (G.O. 60 of 1933)

First World War
Summer Operations, 1915. (March-October) Ypres, 1915 22 April – 25 May 1915

Perpetuates the 17th, 25th, 85th, 106th, 185th, 193rd and 246th Battalions, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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17th Bn, C.E.F.
"The Great War, 1914-17"
(G.O. 123 of 1929)

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25th Bn, C.E.F. - "Mount Sorrel, Somme, 1916, '18, Flers-Courcelette, Thiepval, Ancre Heights, Arras, 1917, '18, Vimy, 1917, Arleux, Scarpe, 1917, '18, Hill 70, Ypres, 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Cambrai, 1918, Pursuit to Mons, FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18"
(G.O. No. 110 of 1929)

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85th Bn, C.E.F.- "Arras, 1917, '18, Vimy, 1917, Ypres, 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe, 1918, Drocourt-Queant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Valenciennes, Sambre, FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18"
(G.O. No. 110 of 1929)

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106th Bn, C.E.F.
"The Great War, 1916"
(G.O. 123 of 1929)

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185th  Bn, C.E.F.
"The Great War, 1916-18"
(G.O. 123 of 1929)

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193rd Bn, C.E.F.
"The Great War, 1916-17"
(G.O. 123 of 1929)

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246th Bn, C.E.F.
"The Great War, 1917"
(G.O. 123 of 1929)

 

The Pictou Highlanders (predecessor to the 1st Bn, NSH) - "Ypres, 1915, Festubert, 1915, Mount Sorrel, Somme, 1916, Amiens"
(G.O. 71 of 1930)

The Cumberland Highlanders (predecessor to the 1st Bn, NSH) - "Arras, 1917, '18, Ypres, 1917, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Pursuit to Mons"
(G.O. 71 of 1930)

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The Cape Breton Highlanders (predecessor to the 2nd Bn, NSH) - "Arras, 1917, '18, Vimy, 1917, Ypres, 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe, 1918, Drocourt-Queant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Valenciennes, Sambre, FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18"
(G.O. No. 110 of 1929)

Festubert, 1915 15-25 May 1915
Local Operations, 1916. (Previous to the Allied Offensive) Mount Sorrel2-13 June 1916
Operations on the Somme. (1 July – 18 November, 1916) Somme, 1916 1 July – 18 November 1916
Flers-Courcelette 15-22 September 1916
Thiepval Ridge 26-29 September 1916
Ancre Heights 1 October – 11 November 1916
The Arras Offensive (9 April – 15 May, 1917 Arras, 19179 April – 4 May 1917
Vimy, 19179-14 April 1917
Arleux 28-29 April 1917
Scarpe, 1917 3-4 May 1917
Hill 70 15-25 August 1917
The Flanders Offensive (7 June – 10 November, 1917) Ypres, 191731 July – 10 Nov. 1917
Passchendaele12 October 1917 and/or 26 October – 10 November 1917
The Offensive in Picardy (21 March – 5 April, 1918) Somme, 1918 21 March – 5 April 1918
The Advance in Picardy (8 August – 3 September, 1918) Amiens 8-11 August 1918
The Breaking of the Hindenburg Line (26 August – 12 October, 1918) Arras, 191826 August – 3 September 1918
Scarpe, 1918 26-30 August 1918
Drocourt-Queant Line2-3 September 1918
Hindenburg Line, Battles of the 12 September – 9 October 1918
Canal du Nord27 September – 2 October 1918
Cambrai, 1918 8-9 October 1918
Picardy (17 October – 11 November) Valenciennes 1-2 November 1918
Sambre 4 November 1918
FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18
Second World War
LIRI VALLEY LIRI VALLEY18-30 May 44

The North Nova Scotia Highlanders (M.G.) (predecessor to the 1st Bn, NSH) and The Cape Breton Highlanders (predecessor to the 2nd Bn, NSH)  were mobilized during the Second World War. These regiments became the Nova Scotia Highlanders  on 21 June 1955.

 

1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) and 2nd Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton) - "LIRI VALLEY, Melfa Crossing, Ceprano, GOTHIC LINE, Montecchio, CORIANO, LAMONE CROSSING, Fosso Munio, Conventello-Comacchio, ITALY 1944-45, NORMANDY LANDING, Authie, CAEN, The Orne, BOURGUEBUS RIDGE, Faubourg de Vaucelles, Verrieres Ridge - Tilly-la-Campagne, FALAISE, The Laison, Chambois, Boulogne 1944, Calais 1944, THE SCHELDT, Savojaarde Plaat, Breskens Pocket, THE RHINELAND, Waal Flats, The Hochwald, THE RHINE, Zutphen, Ijsselmeer, Leer, Delfzijl Pocket, NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45"
(Cdn Army Orders, Issue No. 611, 1 September 1958)

Melfa Crossing 24-25 May 44
Ceprano 26-27 May 44
GOTHIC LINE GOTHIC LINE25 Aug 22 Sep 44
Montecchio 30-31 Aug 44
CORIANO CORIANO3-15 Sep 44
LAMONE CROSSING LAMONE CROSSING2-13 Dec 44
  Fosso Munio 19-21 Dec 44
  Conventello – Comacchio 2-6 Jan 45
ITALY 1943-45 ITALY 1944-453 Sep 43 – 22 Apr 45
NORMANDY LANDING NORMANDY LANDING 6 Jun 44
  Authie 7 Jun 44
CAEN CAEN 4-18 Jul 44
The Orne 8-9 Jul 44
BOURGEBUS RIDGE BOURGUEBUS RIDGE 18-23 Jul 44
Faubourg de Vaucelles 18-19 Jul 44
  Verrieres Ridge – Tilly-la-Campagne 25 Jul 44
FALAISE FALAISE 7-22 Aug 44
The Laison 14-17 Aug 44
Chambois18-22 Aug 44
  Boulogne 194417-22 Sep 44
  Calais 1944 25 Sep – 1 Oct 44
THE SCHELDT THE SCHELDT 1 Oct – 8 Nov 44
Savojaarde Plaat 9-10 Oct 44
  Breskens Pocket11 Oct – 3 Nov 44
THE RHINELAND THE RHINELAND 8 Feb - 10 Mar 45
Waal Flats 8-15 Feb 45
The Hochwald 26 Feb – 4 Mar 45
THE RHINE THE RHINE23 Mar – 1 Apr 45
  Zutphen 6-8 Apr 45
  Ijsselmeer 15-18 Apr 45
  Leer 28-29 Apr 45
  Delfzijl Pocket 23 Apr – 2 May 45
NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45 NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-45 6 Jun 44 – 5 May 45
South-West Asia
South-West Asia Afghanistan 

Announced 9 May 2014

War of 1812 Honorary Distinction (1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders)

War of 1812 Honorary Distinction (non-emblazonable) - In 2012 the Canadian Goverment decided to award the right of perpetuation of War of 1812 Honours to current units of the Canadian Army. The 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders was awarded the non-emblazonable Honorary Distinction Defence of Canada – 1812-1815 – Défense de Canada in perpetuation of the actions of the following War of 1812 units of the pre-Confederation Militia:

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