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1942 Call To Arms
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In June of 1942 The USA had been at war with the Japaneses since December, but Canada was a totally undefended coast until the Canadian Ship SS Fort Camosun was torpedoed by Japanese sub I-25 off Lapush Washington and the Japs also shelled one of our lighthouses at Estevan Point.

Canada had committed most of her troops to the European theater fighting Hitler's huns and a call immediately went out for volunteers to man the home defense against Japan.

Hundreds of men lined up to join to fight the Japanese if they invaded the west coast of Canada arming themselves at their own expense with their own hunting rifles, clothing, food and ammunition.

These men were the vanguard of what became the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers who served through the war until September of 1945 when the units were disbanded.

By 1943 the uniform consisted of a Dry-back canvas coat and booney style hat, by Jones Tent and Awning in Vancouver, B.C. and a Winchester 1894 rifle with hard point solid ammunition to conform with the Geneva Convention. In a scramble to arm the ever increasing Ranger units, the Canadian Government procured some Lee-Enfield No.I mk.IIIs in .303, some P-14s in .303 and some P-17's in 30-06 as well as some Sten guns although most units only trained with them but were never issued.There were also some Bren guns but alot of the weapons were improvised such as molotov cocktails and dynamite filled metal pipes for grenades.

Officers were elected by the men as in the Texas Rangers and were able to resign theit commissioon any time, but enlisted ranks had to serve 30 days notice.

The men were at first taken from the men who worked in the woods and loggers as well as fishermen patrolled at their own expense. Japanese fishermen in Canadian waters were boarded by Rangers operating in their own fishing boats and the Japanese vessels were impounded. By the end of the war several Rangers were as young as 13.

Many of the Patrols were several days in duration through very rough country and the men had to be able to survive weather, terrain and sometimes forage for their food. All government rations went to Europe.

The Pacific Coast Militia Rangers illustrate that when in time of uncertainty and under the threat of aggression, how quickly a people can rise and work together to protect their lands, homes and citizens. Like many WWII veterens there are fewer Rangers with each passing year, but their contribution to the war will not be forgotten at least here in British Columbia.





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Griz
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#2
I learned another interesting fact about this.

In late 1944 the Japanese launched balloons with bombs attached which travelled via the jet stream to the USA and Canada in 3-4 days and were found in the 4 western provinces as well as the two northern territories and the western United States as far east as Michigan. The Boeing plant in Everett had one land nearby and the Bonneville Dam near the Hanford Putonium enrichment facility had powerlines taken down stopping work for a few days.

Canadian Rangers were tasked with disarming these balloon bombs called "Fu-Gos" on the Canadian side of the border.

After the war some bombs were still being found in the wilder parts of Canada by hunters prospectors and the like.

I didn't realise how impacted Canada was by the Japanese during WWII and now understand a bit more why Japanese Canadians were relocated out of British Columbia into Eastern provinces. Also Japanese Canadians were not allowed to serve as Rangers even though Chinese Canadians were.

Today the Rangers are a part of the active Canadian Army Reserves and are called the Rocky Mountain Rangers and the Canadian Rangers. Many have won medals and modern Canadian Rangers have served in Afganistan.

There is also a Junior Canadian Rangers much like an Army Cadet Corps but focusing on Ranger Protocols.



Griz
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Sled Dog who lives in Northern British Columbia is a Canadian Ranger defending North America from Russian, Chinese and North Korean incursions.

They are a reserve army unit and are not totally manned by Native volunteers I have been told.

They have a unit here but being over sixty I am not eligible to enlist. The supply department may be afraid they will have to stock and issue Depends and Geritol...or Viagra <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/censored.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored:' /> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistling.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':whistling:' /> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />

I am sure he will let us in on the new Ranger rifle when they are issued. It will replace the ageing Lee-Enfield .303 and will be an FN Bolt action rifle.



They have some great training.



Griz
Hopefully the S won't HTF and I pray every day that it won't. It would not be fun.



I have a high art..I wound with cruelty, all who wound me...Archillocus; 650 B.C.
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[quote name='Grizzly Dave' timestamp='1471649019' post='609903']

Sled Dog who lives in Northern British Columbia is a Canadian Ranger defending North America from Russian, Chinese and North Korean incursions.

They are a reserve army unit and are not totally manned by Native volunteers I have been told.

They have a unit here but being over sixty I am not eligible to enlist. The supply department may be afraid they will have to stock and issue Depends and Geritol...or Viagra <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/censored.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored:' />/> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/whistling.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':whistling:' />/> <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />/>

I am sure he will let us in on the new Ranger rifle when they are issued. It will replace the ageing Lee-Enfield .303 and will be an FN Bolt action rifle.



They have some great training.



Griz

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Have you heard anything about the new rifle for the Rangers?



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Here it is Lou, it looks a lot like the Ruger Scout



http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/here-it-is-the-new-sako-rifle-for-the-canadian-rangers



I have a Sako A7 in .308 Win. which looks close.



Griz
Hopefully the S won't HTF and I pray every day that it won't. It would not be fun.



I have a high art..I wound with cruelty, all who wound me...Archillocus; 650 B.C.
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