The 22nd Battalion

The 22nd Battalion

The 22nd gone for good? Not on your life!

After being disbanded on its return from Europe in May 1919, the 22nd Battalion rose from the ashes less than a year later. General Order No. 37 reorganized the battalion to create the 22nd Regiment on April 1, 1920. On April 4, 1919, the Québec City Council had already adopted a resolution demanding that the 22nd Battalion be stationed in Québec City as a regiment of the regular peacetime force. The 22nd came to La Citadelle on May 22, 1920! For the first time in almost 100 years, the citadel was occupied by a French-Canadian regiment mirroring the population surrounding it.

The Regiment continued the tradition whereby the troops stationed in the citadel supported the forces of order. In 1921, Québec City's police and firemen were on strike. The 22nd Regiment helped the municipal authorities, by fighting a major fire in the Limoilou district. The 22nd also forged its regimental identity with various traditions that continue to this day. The changing of the red guard and ceremonial uniform with bearskin hat have become symbols of the Regiment over the decades.

Among other things, the interwar period was marked by a severe economic crisis. The Canadian government set up work camps for the unemployed, including one at the citadel. From 1932 to 1935, hundreds of Québec City's jobless lived and worked inside the fortress, restoring its aging stone walls.

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