Canadian Military Heritage Museum of Brant County

Afghanistan Mission

2001 – 2014

Did you know?

  • It was Canada’s longest war!
  • More than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members served in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014.
  • 159 Canadians died while on the mission.
  • The Kandahar Airfield was the most cosmopolitan NATO base ever assembled inside a combat zone.
  • The Tim Hortons outlet in Kandahar Airfield served coffee and baked goods to 2.5 million customers from more than 37 different nationalities.
  • Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium.
  • Harsh climate complete with scorching heat, freezing nights and an unstoppable dust that gets inside everything.
  • Cost of the war was at least $18 billion.
  • Total Canadian Awards: 20 Stars of Military Valour, 89 Medals of Military Valour and 308 Mention in Dispatches.
  • 27 members of Brantford’s 54 Battery, 56th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA volunteered and served in Afghanistan.
  • Two local men from Brantford, Trooper Larry Rudd of the Royal Canadian Dragoons and Captain Steve Leary of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry gave their lives in the war.

Capt. Steve Leary

Trooper Larry Rudd


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