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Old 11-27-2019, 12:32 PM   #1
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A Canadian "Westie" captain, Monte Cassino, 1944.

I promoted my Princess Louise Fusilier "scavenger" private, seen here earlier, to a captain of the Westminster Regiment, or to the "Westies", as they called themselves, one of three motorized infantry regiments assigned to the 5th Canadian Infantry Division. The other two were the Perth Regiment and the Cape Breton Highlanders. Regiments in the 5th CAD had unique insignia prior to July, 1944. An abbreviated version of the regiment's named was sewn - in this case "WESTMR.R" - on the divisional or formation patch, a maroon rectangle, and a "Canada" patch was sewn above where the regimental patch would normally be. In July, separate regimental patches containing the unit's full name replaced the Canada patch, and the divisional patch reverted to a plain, solid maroon rectangle.

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Anyway, the webbing was painted in Vallejo's "Khaki Grey", not to simulate blanco, but to make a more natural raw webbing color. Blanco was rare with Canadian units in the field.

Prior to his promotion and transfer, "Westie" is shown with the Princess Louise Fusiliers, a heavy weapons support battalion. He wears the new post July, 1944 insignia for his unit. Note that since the units patch does not contain the word "Canada", he retains the separate Canada flash.


0-7 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Another member of the PLF, Sergeant Lee "Hollywood" Marvin:


0-14 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

0-1 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

Another Fusilier, in full kit, creeping around the Cassino Abbey:

0-1 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

0-5 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

This Cape Breton Highlander's regimental patch contains the word Canada, so his unit does not require a Canada flash:


0-1 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

0-10 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:34 AM   #2
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Re: A Canadian "Westie" captain, Monte Cassino, 1944.

Very nice. My family are from Atina, just up the road from Cassino, so it's always nice to see the area represented
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Re: A Canadian "Westie" captain, Monte Cassino, 1944.

Such an amazingly beautiful area to have to subject to the destruction of war.
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