Volunteers form a French-speaking battalion during the First World War

The 22nd (French Canadian) infantry battalion plays a historic role during the war.

The members of the regiment were (and still are) nicknamed the Van Doos, based on an anglicized pronunciation of “vingt-deux,” the French word for “twenty-two.” Francophones call the regiment simply 22 or 22e.

On June 1, 1921, the regiment received the “Royal” designation from King George V in recognition of the many achievements and excellent service records of its members.

The Van Doos have taken part in nearly all of the conflicts and operations involving Canada since their inception. They still wear the famous scarlet uniform and bearskin caps of their allied regiment in the British Army, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

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