The Royal Canadian Mounted Police 1873–1987

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police 1873–1987

Men-at-Arms 197
  • Author: David Ross
  • Illustrator: Richard Hook
  • Short code: MAA 197
  • Publication Date: 24 Mar 1988
  • ISBN: 9780850458343
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

In 1870, after completing a 1000-mile trek across Canada, Lt. W.F. Butler, an officer of the British Army, recommended the establishment of a 'well-equipped force from 100 to 150 men, one-third to be mounted' for the purpose of policing the North West; three years later, the North West Mounted Police was established. By the late 1980s, this force, now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), had grown to include 18,000 members, with a budget of more than $1 billion. This book outlines the origins and evolution of the RCMP, detailing its formation, tasks, uniforms and insignia.

Biographical Note

David Ross is a curator with Parks Canada. He is a respected authority on Canada's military heritage who also co-authored MAA 249: Canadian Campaigns 1860-70. Robin May was born in 1929. An actor for many years. he became a writer and journalist specializing in the American west. His collaboration with Gerry Embleton in the 1970s produced Men-at-Arms 39: British Army in North America 1775-83 and Men-At-Arms 48: Wolfe's Army. A prolific writer for the rest of his career, Robin May died in 1996.Richard Hook was trained at Reigate College of Art. After national service with 1st Bn, Queen's Royal Regiment, he became art editor of Finding Out magazine during the 1960s. He has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation, and has illustrated more than 45 Osprey titles.


Introduction The Beginnings The March West The Task of the Mounted Police The Formation of the RCMP Uniforms Insignia The Plates

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