Special Forces of the Canadian Army

Although Canada's Special Service Force is capable of fighting anywhere in the world its speciality is mountain and arctic warfare. The unit does its training in the rugged snow covered mountains of northern Canada.

The Special Services force was created during World War Two and consisted of mostly a parachute battalion, and became part of Great Britain's 6th Airborne Division and the combined U.S-Canadian Special Service Force. Both of these units were disbanded at the war's end.

The Special Service Force was recreated in 1972 and made its headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec. The units bulk comes from a 750 man airborne regiment that often conducts joint exercises in the Arctic Circle with Great Britainšs Royal Marines and Norwegian and Dutch Forces. Members of the Special Service Force are Equipped with M-16A2 assault rifles, Belgian 7.62mm and American .50-caliber machine guns, plus TOW (tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided) missiles. Accurate, powerful, and long-ranged, Tow missiles are the prime choice in antitank weaponry. In addition to the parachute regiment, Canada's Special Service Force includes armoured, artillery, and airmobile infantry regiments. There are also smaller engineer and signal units. The parachute regiment is on standby alert 365 days a year, meaning it could be in action within 48 hours. The other regiments can be mobilised within another 72 hours.

The gun shown below is the M-16A2 assault riffle, equipped with a grenade launcher. This particular model is called the M-4.