Canada at War: THE SERVICES: Van Doos at the Vatican

A French Canadian regiment paraded before a Pope last week for the first time in 76 years. It was French Canada's famed "Van Doos," the Royal 22nd Regiment of Quebec, which has battle honors in two World Wars.* It had fought its way from Sicily with Britain's Eighth Army, and fought well.

The Van Doos, whose regimental colors are the red, blue and yellow of the Vatican's own Swiss Guard, paraded smartly, 800 strong, in St. Peter's piazza, then trooped down the Vatican's marble corridors to the Sala Clementina. There they greeted His Holiness with such a boisterous barrage of...

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