Afghanistan

Regiment’s First Combat Actions Since 1945

MUNSTER, Germany: Soldiers train on live firing range with the new tank prior to deployment in Afghanistan.  Dragoon WO John Harju explains how the Leopard 2A6M just got a bit hotter for the enemy.  Video courtesy Army News

The Royal Canadian Dragoons contributed both reconnaissance and tank crews to the Canadian task forces that served in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014.

TEST From 2002 to 2014, the Regiment provided personnel for several Coyote reconnaissance squadrons to fight in Afghanistan. Equipped with newly purchased Leopard 2s, the regiment also contributed crews to tank squadrons.  These units saw the Regiment’s first combat actions since 1945.  Based in either Kabul or Kandahar, they formed part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force until the end of Canada’s combat mission.

Afghanistan: Canadian Leopard 2 2A6M Battle Tank in action.  The Regiment contributed several crews to tank squadrons.  Video courtesy Pionier Panzer

Kandahar, Afghanistan: Coyote Reconnaissance Vehicle - The Regiment among those featured.  Video courtesy Cdnpoli Tapes

Kandahar, Afghanistan: Raw footage of Canadian Leopard tanks. The Regiment contributed several crews to tank squadrons.  Video courtesy Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Available Publications

DRAGOON: THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS 1883-1983

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INTO THEIR SECOND CENTURY: THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS 1983 - 2018

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