Fast-forward to World War Two, and the 159th are now the Algonquin Regiment, mobilized in 1940, shipping overseas in 1943.
And they got their baptism of fire during the fighting to close the Falaise Gap.
The Algonquin Regiment’s Major George Cassidy describes the German retreat up the Falaise Road, the lines of German prisoners like “ huge grey caterpillars undulating over the hills … (as) far as the eye could see lay the Valley of Desolation, palled in smoke from a thousand fires, alive with the stench of dead and burning flesh. Through the valley and beyond it, back along the battered road to Caen, the eye of the imagination could see once more the dust-laden air, shimmering in the August sun, and in that dust, swimming up to face us again, the shapes of those we had had to leave behind?”
As the heat of August gave way to the rains of autumn, the Algonquins headed to the waterlogged Scheldt.