The Royal Winnipeg Rifles

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Named by the enemy in battle 

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Regiment is a Primary Reserve one-battalion infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. Nicknamed the “Little Black Devils”, they are based at Minto Armouries in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Regiment still maintains such Rifle traditions as referring to “swords”  instead of  “bayonets”  , marching at 140 paces per minute, and maintains other variations in drill and dress that are unique to Rifle regiments.

The Regimental Band has been a vital part of the Regiment since its inception, providing musical support for countless events for the Regiment and other units across the country.

Join Our Unit

We train on Tuesday evenings, 7 - 10 pm. The Army Reserve is the part-time component of the Canadian Army. Most Army reservists work part-time for the Army and full-time at their civilian job. Others are full or part-time students. The Army Reserve has three main roles:

  • To provide the framework for mobilization or expansion by using existing Reserve units framework should the nation ever need to respond to a large crisis or an emergency
  • To connect with Canadians by strengthening the ties the Canadian Army Reserve has with local communities
  • To augment the full-time Army by providing soldiers, units or specialists.

The Army Reserve is progressively more active than it has been in years with an increased operational role in the Canadian contribution towards the maintenance of peace and stability in the world.

To apply you must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

  • Canadian Citizen 16 years of age (with parental consent)
  • Minimum Grade 10 education (or higher depending on entry plan)

For more information call 1-866-GO-2-ARMY or email 38 CBG recruiting.

For information about the Canadian Armed Forces or to apply online visit FORCES.CA.

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Command Team

  • Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel S.P. Moran
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer H.J. Seggie

Honorary Colonel

Honorary Colonel E.J.E. Szathmáry

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel A.I. El Tassi

History

In the post-WW II period, the unit provided volunteers for the 27th Infantry Brigade in Germany, as well as for various peacekeeping operations. The unit celebrated it’s 125th anniversary in 2008 with a parade down Main Street to the Winnipeg City Hall and a formal dinner at Minto Armouries. Three members of the unit won the Victoria Cross, all during the First World War: Colour-Sergeant Frederick Hall, Sergeant Alex Brereton, and Sergeant Frederick Coppins. Some famous Canadians have served in the ranks of the regiment, including Hugh John MacDonald, (son of the first Prime Minister of Canada); Cliff Chadderton, the founder of the War Amps of Canada; and Senator Gildas Molgat, Speaker of the Senate from 1994 to 2001. The unit has a total of 47 battle honours and is the 28th infantry regiment in the order of precedence of reserve units. The Regimental quick march is “Pork, Beans, and Hardtack”, and the Regimental double march is “Old Solomon Levi”. The Regiment still maintains such Rifle traditions as referring to “swords” instead of “bayonets”, marching at 140 paces per minute, and maintains other variations in drill and dress that are unique to Rifle regiments. Additionally, the unit does not have Regimental Colours; instead, the unit’s Battle Honours are emblazoned on the Cap Badge and on the Drums. When the corps of drums is on parade, it is escorted and receives compliments in the same way as for the colours of a line regiment.

Beginning in the late 1980’s, many individual members of the Regiment participated in UN and NATO missions in Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Southwest Asia and Afghanistan. In 2006, five soldiers of the Regiment deployed to Afghanistan. Closer to home, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles have contributed to emergency aid to the civil power efforts, and have been tasked with a secondary role as one of four Arctic Response Company Groups, formed in 2009.

Please see the Directorate of History and Heritage website for more history: The Royal Winnipeg Rifles history.

Equipment

We use the following equipment: C7, C9, C6, M203, M72, 60mm Mortar and the 84mm Recoilless rifle (Carl Gustav). For information about the vehicles and weapons used by the Canadian Army visit our Equipment page.

Contact Us

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
Minto Armoury
969 St. Matthews Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 0J7
(204) 786-4300 ext 3350

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