While serving in Italy, the 14th Canadian Armoured Regiment (now known as
The King’s Own Calgary Regiment), like many Canadian units, often found itself fighting alongside soldiers of the Indian Army. Typically serving as tank support to the Indian infantry, the Canadian regiment and the Indian soldiers worked together in several actions, including Panaccioni, the crossing of the Gari River, Sant’ Angelo, Cassino, and Mount Cerrone.

The members of the 14th Canadian Armoured Regiment and the 8th Indian Division became particularly close. A good example of their relationship is this kukri which was given to Major C.A. Stoney Richardson, second in command of the 14th Canadian Armoured Regiment on behalf of the Gurkhas, to all of the "Calgarys." The kukri was given to Richardson on May 15, 1944 during the battle for Pignataro in the Cassino sector.

Presented by a mortally wounded Sergeant-Major of the 6th Regiment Gurkhas of the 19th Indian Infantry Brigade, 8th Indian Division, this kukri remains a symbol of the bond between these two units. The relationship continues to this day. Each year when the veterans of the Calgary Tanks gathe Read More
While serving in Italy, the 14th Canadian Armoured Regiment (now known as
The King’s Own Calgary Regiment), like many Canadian units, often found itself fighting alongside soldiers of the Indian Army. Typically serving as tank support to the Indian infantry, the Canadian regiment and the Indian soldiers worked together in several actions, including Panaccioni, the crossing of the Gari River, Sant’ Angelo, Cassino, and Mount Cerrone.

The members of the 14th Canadian Armoured Regiment and the 8th Indian Division became particularly close. A good example of their relationship is this kukri which was given to Major C.A. Stoney Richardson, second in command of the 14th Canadian Armoured Regiment on behalf of the Gurkhas, to all of the "Calgarys." The kukri was given to Richardson on May 15, 1944 during the battle for Pignataro in the Cassino sector.

Presented by a mortally wounded Sergeant-Major of the 6th Regiment Gurkhas of the 19th Indian Infantry Brigade, 8th Indian Division, this kukri remains a symbol of the bond between these two units. The relationship continues to this day. Each year when the veterans of the Calgary Tanks gather for their annual reunion, the hat is passed and a donation is made to the Canadian Gurkha Fund.

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A kukri, a knife carried by an Indian soldier

A kukri, a knife carried by an Indian soldier, presented to Major C. A. "Stoney" Richardson of the King's Own Calgary Regiment by a mortally wounded Sergeant-Major of the 6th Regiment Gurkhas of the 19th Indian Infantry Brigade, 8th Indian Division.

The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) Museum
1944-05-15
© The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) Museum


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Develop an understanding of the participation and role of Canada’s Army in the World War II
  • Examine the contributions, sacrifices and experiences of individuals who participated in military events during World War II
  • Identify key locations in which Canada’s military operated during World War II
  • Evaluate the weapons and technology used by Canadian soldiers

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