In September 1979 the Regiment’s role was changed once again. The the true origins of the Regiment being TANK it was a great day to be re-rolled to armour from RECCE. We needed some armour though and in September 1981 the Regiment received its first 4 Cougars, Armoured Vehicle General Purpose or Car, Armoured, Wheeled, 6×6.
Here are two of the Regiment’s Cougars in Meaford during training.
Lynx Command and Recce vihicle.
The year 1981 saw the Regiment win the Cumberland Trophy for the Best Militia Armoured Regiment in Ontario. In truth, the Regiment won the Cumberland Trophy in 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993. The Regiment won the Leonard Trophy on 1991 for the Second Best Militia Armoured Regiment in Ontario.
In 1989 two members of the Regiment deployed to Namibia in South-West Africa on a United Nations mission that would eventually see that colony become an independent nation.
The Summer Distinctive Environmental Uniform worn by a member of the Regiment in Namibia.
In 1990 the Regiment won the Worthington Trophy for the Best Militia Armoured Regiment in Canada. This trophy is actually a sterling silver Centurion Tank. The trophy was donated to the Corps by Major-General F.F. Worthington, the Father of the Canadian Armoured Corps.
The Worthington Trophy.
In recognition of winning the Worthington Trophy and to the years of dedicated service to Canada, the City of Windsor granted the Freedom of the City, again, to the Windsor Regiment
The year 1994 saw the Regiment travel to Fort Knox, Kentucky, U.S.A. to train on the M1 Tank simulators.
In Europe, the county of Yugoslavia was tearing itself apart in a series of very nasty, brutal civil wars as each province sought to become its own country drawn upon ethic lines. Seven members of the Regiment deployed with the Royal Canadian Dragoons to Bosnia-Herzegovina during 1994-95.
The Canadian combat uniform with body armour and new tactical vest and a member of the Regiment while serving in Bosnia.
The year 1996 saw the Regiment celebrate the 60th Anniversary.
Here is a photo of some of the commemorative glassware produced for reunions.
The Regiment`s involvement in the Former Yugoslavia did not cease with the end of the United Nations mission, UNPROFOR. We sent other members who served with NATO. Pictured below is Cpl Phil Kolody (wearing the black beret) who would later be awarded the Medal of Bravery as a member of the Windsor Police Service.
The lead up to Y2K (the year 2000) saw the Regiment prepare as part of an overall response to the possibility of world wide computer systems shutdown as a result of the new millennium. Thankfully, nothing came of it but shortly, the world would change.
Who knew that the next decade would bring a fundamental change and a new war for Canada.