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Canadian Army Bearskins


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Several units in Canadian Forces, especially Ceremonial Guards wear characteristic ceremonial uniform, which was designed several centuries ago. The red tunic was chosen, as it would not show bloodstains. The cap called bearskin is made of real black bear skin. It was given by Prince Regent (future king George IV) after the battle of Waterloo in 1815. It was developed the way that makes soldiers appear taller that they really are.* The trousers are navy blue with scarlet strip down each seam. Different units can be distinguished by the color of plume on the side of their bearskin (hat). All soldiers carry the standard rifle of Canadian Forces.

* Actual idea of tall bear skin hats cames from Napolean Bonaparte and his Imperial Guards that were defeted at Waterloo.


Pictures illustrate the Royal 22e Régiment from Quebec City.



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