Battle Honours and Honorary Distinctions

The official battle honours and honorary distinctions of the Canadian Forces.

The Canadian Forces battle honours system draws on the rich heritage of the British forces. Battle honours and honorary distinctions are awarded to provide public recognition of and to record a combatant unit's active participation in battle against a formed and armed enemy. Combatant units are those whose purpose is to close with and defeat, neutralize or destroy the enemy as an effective fighting force. The Canadian battle honours system accommodates the different heritage and employment in war of sea, land, air, and special forces.

The following links lead to individual battle honours and honorary distinction “charts” for the nearly 300 honours awarded to Canadian military units past and present. These are broken down chronologically and listed in numeric-alphabetical orders within each category.

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