posted on Apr, 27 2010 @ 05:08 PM
For those looking for some history instead of sovereignty arguments, there is one Regiment I can tell you about from Canada. Before 1949, us in
Newfoundland weren't part of Canada. Therefore, when the Great War broke out, we raised our own army. It was called the Newfoundland Regiment. We
went overseas with 1000 men, and were the only North American force to fight at Gallipoli, notably at Suvla Bay. We were the rear guard for the Allied
retreat. After a short time to recover, we were shipped out again, this time to support the offensive at the Somme. As you may know, the Somme was one
of the war's bloodiest battles. Our orders were to take Beaumont-Hamel, a strategic position on the Ridge. Our men were the 3rd wave sent against the
German lines. Along with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, we went over the top. 780 brave men went into battle at 0845, July 1, 1916. 110 came back
unhurt. At roll call the next morning, 68 were available. Despite these horrible losses, we went on to fight at Flanders six weeks later, holding off
a gas attack. From there, we went on to Monchy, Cambrai and Ledegem during the 100 Day Offensive. On account of our valour in battle, King George V
bestowed upon us the "Royal" title,the third time in history this was done in wartime.
Since then, we've gone on to field two artillery regiments in the Second World War, the 59 Heavy (Newfoundland) Regiment, and the 57 (Newfoundland)
Field Artillery Regiments (later the 166). Elements of the current regiment have fought in Bosnia, Cyprus, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan.